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Centennial Park/Elliston Soda Shop/Phillips Toy Mart

Visit Centennial Park with a loaf of white bread to feed the ducks. Try not to be too petrified when 8 million ducks, seven ugly geese, 20 pigeons and four calling birds swarm around clamoring for your Bunny Bread. Remember, you are no longer 3 feet tall—and you can run if necessary. All that work has made you thirsty, so drive to the Elliston Place Soda Shop, where you must order a milkshake. Then head over to Belle Meade's Clarendon Avenue, which dips down into Richland Creek. Pause in the road in the middle of the creek. Open the doors for a minute and watch the water run under the car. A road! In a creek! That you can drive through! (Disclaimer: Only do this if the water is less than 6 inches deep.) Coooool. Last, but certainly not least, visit Phillips Toy Mart, where you can watch the model train race around the track—and if you're really, really good, maybe get a toy. GALYN GLICK MARTIN

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