During any school vacation when the weather leaves something to be desired such as today and cabin fever is setting in, it’s always helpful to have some ideas for activities for kids to help keep them engaged. So here are some suggestions for school vacation activities, starting with the most obvious.
1. The Frist Museum – with free admission for kids and a wide array of exhibits, this is always a fan-favorite. Upstairs is the art center where students can draw, create, color and even make short movies. http://fristcenter.org
2. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art – Cheekwood is always beautifully decorated during the holidays and the current exhibit, Holiday at Cheekwood (including live reindeer) is especially fun for children. http://www.cheekwood.org
3. Lane Motor Museum – one of the lesser-known museums and with a low admission price, this is a terrific opportunity to see the largest collection of European vehicles in the United States. The building itself – the former home of the Sunbeam factory - is also a draw. http://lanemotormuseum.org
4. Nashville Public Library, Church Street Location – with it’s Art Gallery and great story time events, the 300,000 square foot library has been beautifully redone and is a great place to spend a rainy day. http://www.library.nashville.org/artgallery/art_libraryartarchitecture.asp
5. Nashville Humane Association – this is a great opportunity to visit the dogs and cats in a clean and organized facility and make someone’s day by taking them for a walk, and maybe even come home with an unplanned guest. www.nashvillehumane.org
6. Radnor Lake – this convenient and picturesque setting is a great way to get outside and the 3-mile loop around the lake is the perfect length for a family stroll. http://www.radnorlake.org
7. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere – in addition to the opportunity to see all of the exotic animals there are a number of educational talks several times a day. http://www.nashvillezoo.org
What are some of the ways you are spending your vacation?