It is summer time and the kids are out of school for the summer. You find yourself searching for fun things to do to keep your kiddies entertained. Nashville has some super fun museums that are aimed at your tots but are fun for the whole family.
Adventure Science Center
Plan to make a day of it because there are so many exhibits and activities, your head will spin. A favorite among pre-teens is the BodyQuest experience. It is basically several rooms that take you through a day in the life of your body. Kids learn through hands on activity, how the body systems work together and just how hard the body works to make sure every part functions properly. You and your family will actually feel as if you are inside a beating heart or the stomach with sound effects and all. Space Chase is the science center’s newest exhibit. Explore the wonders of the universe by examining the visible and the invisible through interactive activities.The Science Center will be holding their annual 4th of July bash, check out the website for details. The ASC has a planetarium as well. All summer long they will be showing laser light show on Friday and Saturday nights, fun for the entire family.
Country Music Hall of Fame
If your child aspires to be the next big country sensation or just has a love of the genre this would be a place of great inspiration.
Even if your budding musician wants to be a pop star there is so much they can learn from the art of country music. The songwriting is one of the best forms of storytelling in the world. Inside the museum you will find.
One of the newest exhibits is “Sing Me Back Home A Journey Through Country Music” the narrative begins back in 1960 and tells about Dolly Parton and the Statler brothers and how they helped bring country music into the mainstream. It moves on all the way through to today’s contemporary stars. A really nice visual presentation is the artifact collection. This collection includes over 800 stage costumes, 600 instruments and various objects from automobiles to microphones. A feature you are guaranteed to enjoy is activity calendar. Your children can go and see singer/songwriter sessions live, film screenings, autograph signings and instrument demonstrations. Be sure to check their calendar of events for such programs.
This is the most sublime spot if you have a future historian in the making. The Hermitage is the home of former president Andrew Jackson. On exhibit is The Hermitage: Frontier Farm to American Landmark. It looks at how this 1,000-acre property evolved from a modest frontier farm to Andrew Jackson’s prosperous and expansive cotton plantation. The exhibit touches upon moments in American history, such as slavery, freedom and the changing roles of women. The archeology of the property is astounding. Hundreds of thousands of artifacts have been uncovered and numerous or previously unknown or missing buildings have been discovered. Among these sights you will see, the mansion’s backyard, the slave dwellings and the first Hermitage farmhouse. Another mystical on site treasure are the unique gardens. In fact Rachel Jackson is buried in the those gardens. It is truly a chilling walk through history and something you and your clan can discuss at the dinner table.