Local Living: 5 Things to Do This Week

1. Spring Break Activities at Bowie Nature Park

WHAT: Bowie Nature Park is hosting free programs all week long! No registration required!
During spring break they will provide a new nature oriented activity each day for families to do together. Stop by with the family anytime between 10am and 2pm. Prepare for crafts, activities, and goodies! Here’s a look at what they have in store for the week:

Monday – Monarchs and Milkweed
Tuesday- Digging for Fossils
Wednesday- Vernal Equinox Celebration
Thursday- Wonderful Wetlands
Friday- Astronomy Day

Learn more here.

WHEN: Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22 10am-2pm each day

WHERE: Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview

2. Family Game Night – OpinionNATION

family feud board

WHAT: Tuesday is game night at Mellow Mushroom in downtown Franklin. The Family Feud style game, OpinionNation, starts at 6:30pm. Fun for the entire family.

Learn more here.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 19, 6:30pm

WHERE: Mellow Mushroom, 317 Main St, Franklin

3. Rita’s First Day of Spring Free Ice Celebration

WHAT: Enjoy your first taste of spring with Rita’s and FREE Italian Ice or $2 GELATI

Stop by Rita’s for their annual First Day of Spring FREE Italian Ice Giveaway on Wednesday, March 20, from 4pm to 9pm. All Guests who visit Rita’s Italian Ice will receive a a FREE promotional size cup of Italian Ice in the available flavor of their choice to celebrate the arrival of SPRING!

Remember to capture your favorite First Day of Spring moments and share them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #RitasFirstDayofSpringContest!

Learn more here.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 20, 4pm – 9pm

WHERE: Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard, 7171 Nolensville Road, Nolensville

4. Anastasia: The Broadway Musical


WHAT: Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to TPAC at last! From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Anastasia features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.

Learn more here.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 19 through Thursday, March 21 at 7:30pm and Friday, March 22 at 8pm (Saturday and Sunday showtimes available as well).

WHERE: TPAC, 505 Deaderick St, Nashville

5. Supermoon and Other Ways our Moon is Super with Dan Burger

WHAT: March 21 happens to fall on a supermoon, the last of three supermoons in a row this year. What are supermoons, where did they come from and how do they happen? Astronomer Dan Burger will answer these and unpack the special names that we give to moons.

About Dan Burger: He develops web and mobile projects for Vanderbilt spanning a wide variety of fields: astrophysics, high-performance computing, career placement for individuals with autism, and K-12 education. Among his projects is Filtergraph, a web-based data visualization service that is used by over 1,000 users worldwide, including scientists at NASA working on space satellite missions. Prior to working at Vanderbilt, Dan was a software developer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. He received two degrees from Vanderbilt: a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 2010, and a master’s degree in computer science in 2013.

Telescope viewings follow when weather permits.

Cost: $6.27 per person ($5.00 admission plus $1.27 online handling fee.) Each person must have their own reservation. Infants do not require tickets.

NO TICKETS SOLD AT DOOR. Tickets may be purchased up to the day of the event, but please be aware this event often sells out well ahead.

Purchase tickets here.

WHEN: Thursday, March 21, 7pm – 9pm

WHERE: Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood TN 37027 (NOT on the main Vanderbilt campus)