The kids are out of school for the next few weeks and Christmas and the New Year are just around the corner. It’s a great time of year to spend some quality time with your family as everyone enjoys a little break. Here are 7 family friendly events you and your family can enjoy together this holiday season
1. Christmas Lights
Take in some Christmas lights this week. There are places all over Williamson and Davidson County with excellent light displays, including local neighborhoods. See our list of local light displays here.
2. Christmas Movies at Franklin Theatre
419 Main Street, Franklin
The Franklin Theatre is showing classic holiday movies, including Christmas Vacation, Holiday Inn and elf. Read more here.
3. Bridgestone Winter Park
Walk of Fame Park, Nashville
121 4th Ave S.
The Winter Park includes a variety of events and activities, with the centerpiece being an outdoor ice rink.
Ice rink hours are Mon – Fri 4p – 10:45p, Sat – Sun 10a – 10:45p. Skate admission is $15 adults, $10 children, and it includes skate rental. Winter Park is in Nashville due to the 205 NHL All-Star Game, which takes place at the end of January. The ice rink will remain open through the end of the All-Star Game. Learn more here.
4. Marshmallow Hike at Owl’s Hill
545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood
Are you looking for something to do with the family during the holidays or an excuse to get out of the house by yourself? How does a nice afternoon hike in the winter woods followed by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows sound? Come by Owl’s Hill for their annual Marshmallow and Hot Chocolate Hikes. Hikes take place Dec 28, 29 and 30 at 1pm. Cost is $7 per person. Register for the event here.
5. Make An Album Cover at Country Music Hall of Fame
222 Fifth Ave South, Nashville
Bring your own ideas—or find inspiration in the museum galleries—and design album art that represents your favorite country song or album on Dec 26th at 2pm. All the supplies needed to bring your cover to life will be provided.
6. 12 Days of Science at the Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville
The Adventure Science Center has brought back their popular 12 Days of Science program.Join the merriment with a full lineup of seasonal programs and activities for the entire family. All activities take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
December 21: Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Exploring Travel
Attendees will learn about the machines that make holiday travel possible with car-building challenges, aerodynamic experiments and an exploration into progressive ways to travel.
December 22: Reindeer Games
Gather the family and get ready for a day filled with games! Test your skills on the high seas in a giant game of battleship, help construct a real-world Minecraft city, play detective in Clue, and try not to make the tower fall in a large-scale game of Jenga!
December 23: The Do, Re, Mis of the Holidays
From the ‘Do Re Mis’ to the ‘Fa La Las,’ make plans to experience the science of sound during this musical day! Enjoy performances from local choirs and bands, hear the difference between acoustic, analog and synthetic sounds, learn about vinyl cutting and more.
December 28: Surviving Wild Winters
Some animals are built to survive extremely cold winters, but humans are not! Enjoy a day exploring how to survive in the tundra. Learn how different species deal with the cold, observe endothermic and exothermic chemical reactions, and try your hand at some winter survival skills.
December 29: Dream a Little Dream
Visions of sugar plum fairies are dancing around the Science Center! Discover what happens to your brain while you sleep, craft your very own dream catcher, learn about hibernation and more!
December 30: Food Chemis-tree
Does your holiday celebration typically involve stretchy pants for maximum food-potential? Well, we’ve got a fun day in store for you! Discover the chemistry in your food with protein testing, iron detection, energy production and more!
December 31: Happy NOON Year!
What 12 Days of Science celebration would be complete without a countdown to the NOON year?! Join The Adventure Science Center for a day filled with party blowers, resolutions and – of course – everyone’s favorite streamer celebration to kick off the “new” year!
7. Kids Hour at Whole Foods, Franklin
1566 W McEwen Drive, Franklin
Award winning entertainer, Rachel Sumner performs Dec 30th at 8:30am. Her act is perfect for children 10 years of age and younger. Rachel Sumner has created an essential niche in the area of “edutainment.” She has gained fans young and old with her lively interactive concerts that promote language development (English and others including Sign Language), self-esteem, and many important learning skills.