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Eight great activities for kids this summer

Eight great activities for kids this summer

Compiled by Alice Fort

1 Camp With the Critters (The Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Rd. 833-1534) Here’s an activity for the family that loves the outdoors. On September 8-9, from 6 p.m.-9 a.m., bring your own tent, flashlight, sleeping bag, and dinner to the Nashville Zoo. The whole family can participate in a variety of activities including twilight tours, animal presentations, hayrides, sing-alongs, and various games and craft projects, before retiring to tents to slumber with the animals. The zoo provides late-night snacks, breakfast, and zoo admission on Sun. Reservations are a must. Members $20; nonmembers $25; $20 per person group rate.

2 Cumberland Science Museum (800 Fort Negley Blvd. 862-5160) For any child who’s dreamed of seeing a dinosaur in the flesh, here is the best opportunity to fulfill their dreams without time travel. Dino Rumble, the latest exhibit at the museum, features a juvenile T-Rex, a half-grown triceratops, and a baby triceratops, all in “Dinomation.” Also, be sure to check out Construction Junction, where kids learn to design structures and then bring them to life using safe materials. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sun. $7.95 adults; $5.95 ages 3-12 & sr. citizens.

3 Cheekwood (1200 Forrest Park Dr. 356-8000) It’s not surprising to see a variety of insects buzzing around the flower gardens of Cheekwood. It is, however, surprising when you spot a dragonfly with a 20-foot wingspan looming over the horizon; or ants larger than a VW Bug; or a mega-sized praying mantis. Dave Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibit runs until Sept. 16, featuring oversized insects crafted from natural materials. Plus, the summer gardens are beautiful and always worth a look on a sunny afternoon. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun. $10 adults; $8 seniors; $5 children (6-17) & college students with ID. Family Cap $25; after 3 p.m., all tickets are half-price.

4 Shakespeare in the Park (Centennial Park band shell. 255-2273) Friends, Romans, country-music men. Lend me your ears! The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is putting on their 14th production in Centennial Park. And best of all, it’s free! A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most whimsical and comical works, will be put on in the Centennial Park band shell. Performances take place 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, from Aug. 10-Sept. 9, with pre-show entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. The show is in the open air, so bring a snack, a blanket, and all your friends.

5 The NXT Generation Performance Hall (15128 Old Hickory Blvd. 781-3002) How many times have young music fans heard the words “18 and up” and groaned? The NXT Generation offers a solution. This all-ages club showcases local and national underground bands, with acts ranging from punk to metal to rock. No alcohol is served or permitted, and all events end by midnight. If you’re interested in helping a worthy cause, be sure to check out 12v Negative Earth, Fall With Me, and Flood on Friday, Aug. 17. All proceeds will benefit Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Buying tickets for shows in advance is easier on your allowance at $6; prices increase to $8 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. For a schedule and band info, visit www.thenxtgeneration.com.

6 Frist Center for the Visual Arts (919 Broadway. 744-3998) Don’t miss the current attraction Modernism & Abstraction: Treasures From the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which runs until Sept. 9 and features works by artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, and Franz Kline. Younger children will enjoy the hands-on activities in the ArtQuest section. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thurs.); 1-5 p.m. Sun. Free for ages 18 and under. $6.50 adults. $4.50 sr. citizens and college students with ID.

7 Nashville Public Library (615 Church St. 862-5800) Where better to spend an August afternoon than at the beautiful new (air-conditioned!) Main Library. There’s something for all ages, from free Internet access to a quiet place to sit and read. Children can enjoy weekly community story time every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Also, watch for The Stonecutter, a puppet show based on the Asian folktale, in Sept. Call 863-5785 for more information. Regular library hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 2-5 p.m. Sun.

8 The Farmers Market (900 8th Ave. N. 880-2001) Enjoy locally grown watermelon, live jazz, more watermelon, register-to-win deals with the Scene, more watermelon, kids’ activities, and then get ready for the watermelon seed-spitting contest. The event takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Aug. 11.

5 The NXT Generation Performance Hall (15128 Old Hickory Blvd. 781-3002) How many times have young music fans heard the words “18 and up” and groaned? The NXT Generation offers a solution. This all-ages club showcases local and national underground bands, with acts ranging from punk to metal to rock. No alcohol is served or permitted, and all events end by midnight. If you’re interested in helping a worthy cause, be sure to check out 12v Negative Earth, Fall With Me, and Flood on Friday, Aug. 17. All proceeds will benefit Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Buying tickets for shows in advance is easier on your allowance at $6; prices increase to $8 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. For a schedule and band info, visit www.thenxtgeneration.com.

6 Frist Center for the Visual Arts (919 Broadway. 744-3998) Don’t miss the current attraction Modernism & Abstraction: Treasures From the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which runs until Sept. 9 and features works by artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, and Franz Kline. Younger children will enjoy the hands-on activities in the ArtQuest section. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thurs.); 1-5 p.m. Sun. Free for ages 18 and under. $6.50 adults. $4.50 sr. citizens and college students with ID.

7 Nashville Public Library (615 Church St. 862-5800) Where better to spend an August afternoon than at the beautiful new (air-conditioned!) Main Library. There’s something for all ages, from free Internet access to a quiet place to sit and read. Children can enjoy weekly community story time every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Also, watch for The Stonecutter, a puppet show based on the Asian folktale, in Sept. Call 863-5785 for more information. Regular library hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 2-5 p.m. Sun.

8 The Farmers Market (900 8th Ave. N. 880-2001) Enjoy locally grown watermelon, live jazz, more watermelon, register-to-win deals with the Scene, more watermelon, kids’ activities, and then get ready for the watermelon seed-spitting contest. The event takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Aug. 11.

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