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The exterior of the Cumberland Park can deceive you to believe that it is just another local park; but its several unique features makes the Cumberland Park nothing less than a popular tourist attraction. When the weather is hot, this is a place where locals come to cool off at the on-site spray ground. Children can be seen frolicking in the water while adults take time to unwind and relax. In addition to the spray ground, Cumberland Park also has a wonderful green maze where amid all the fun rides children become oblivious to time. A climbing wall and an explorer trail also form a part of Cumberland Park.
For nearly a century this troupe of actors, singers and musicians has been entertaining children and their parents with popular productions and original plays. The historic Nashville Children's Theatre hosts eight productions each season, and students from local schools fill most of the seats. Weekend matinee performances give parents and other family members a chance to enjoy the shows with their children. The theater provides an excellent opportunity to expose children to the dramatic arts and entertain them at the same time. Ticket prices vary by show and seating preference.
The thrill of scientific discovery awaits you at Adventure Science Center. This fascinating museum explores hundreds of interactive exhibits and programs for children and adults. View the heavens from the 63-foot (19.3 meters) dome of Sudekum Planetarium. Climb the interactive levels to the top of the Adventure Tower, and experience BodyQuest, an exciting tour through the human body. Defy gravity on a unique adventure at the Max Flight Motion Simulator. Special programs are offered for high school students on weekend nights.
Full of unique games, educational toys, with a wide variety of books for all ages, Fairytales Bookstore & More is a whimsical boutique just for children. This independent shop is lovingly run by fairytales enthusiast owner, Tammy Derr. Under her guidance, Fairytales Bookstore & More features weekly events with local children's book writers and artists. Daily story times take place, visit website for details.
This 200-acre walk-through zoological park is home to the rare and beautiful. You'll encounter cougars, black bears, Bengal tigers, zebras, cheetahs and playful river otters. Kids can even go a bit wild on the Jungle Gym playground. The Croft Center, named for the sisters who left the estate to Grassmere, houses the Unseen New World exhibit and a variety of reptiles. There is also a working farm exhibit and a petting zoo.
When the mercury rises and the temperature makes you sizzle under the collar, head for Wave Country. It features a number of water slides and a wave machine that creates surf up to four-feet high. There is no better way to cool off on a hot day. The park also has picnic areas and additional recreation space for kids to toss a baseball or Frisbee when the water fun is finished. Admission: $8 for 13 and older, $7 for 12 and younger, 4 and under is free. Free parking. Rental Floats $4.
Many parents are looking to make playtime a little more educational. Phillips Toy Mart understands and offers a variety of toys that encourage your child to learn while playing. You'll find the best selection of games, puzzles, ray guns, yo-yo's, dolls, and larger items such as wagons and bicycles. Collectors of action figures will love the Star Wars displays, and train buffs are in for a real treat as well. Parents of toddlers will be especially pleased with the large selection of toys suited for little tykes.
With delicious food from the onsite Legends Grill, thrilling video games and electronic scoreboards, Hermitage Lanes is a great place to bring the whole family. Have the kids practice on the lane next to with bumpers, while the adults bowl for strikes and turkeys. This fun bowling alley also rents out space for kids birthday parties and corporate events, making it the ideal place to celebrate and let loose.
Cool down at Nashville's hottest water theme park. Ride the 700-foot Tennessee Twisters water slide. Enjoy three pools, miniature golf, boat and jet ski rentals, picnic areas, and sandy beaches. Season passes and group rates available. Extra fees for some activities like miniature golf, boat rentals and camping.
Shuckle's Corn Maze offers guests a safe and entertaining outdoor activity filled with all the fun of a farm on a beautiful fall day. Open from the 28th of September to the 4th of November on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, it is a great place for families to explore together. Group reservations are accepted from Tuesdays to Fridays. In addition to the seven acre (2.83 hectares) corn maze, Shuckle's also has pony rides, hay rides, face painting, farm games and play areas for the little ones. After dark, Shuckle's is great for older kids, groups and couples as the corn maze goes completely dark and guests must bring flashlights in order to navigate the maze.