Jun 13

Six Coopertown Middle students visit the ‘Big Apple’

Before heading to the airport, the last stop was the Empire State Building. The views were spectacular from the 86th and 102nd floor observatories. Each year, Mrs. Cook plans trips like this one through World Strides for the 7th and 8th graders at Coopertown Middle School.

    Six Coopertown Middle students visit the 'Big Apple'
    Six Coopertown Middle School Eagles soared into New York City on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Mrs. Sheila Cook, teacher at CMS, led the group on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Those attending were Anderson Carmody, Daniel Carmody, Gabe Hardy, Lily Pennington, Maggie Holland and Sheila Cook.

Jun 12

13 cool places to get wet for free this summer in Middle Tennessee

...on 17th Avenue North across from M.L. King Magnet School. Kirkpatrick Sprayground is at 620 S. Ninth St. in East Nashville. They are open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday...

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The super interactive “spray pad” at Cumberland Park, 592 S. First St., is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 3.

    13 cool places to get wet for free this summer in Middle Tennessee
    Summertime in Middle Tennessee can be sweltering, oppressive, even bordering on brutal! But it doesn't mean you have to stay indoors all season with the AC blowing full blast. I say you should indulge in a summer cool down with some free water fun - and there are a lot of opportunities, including one very popular option in White House for Robertson and Sumner County residents.

May 25

Ms. Cheap's Guide to Summer 2018: 94 free things to do around Nashville

...on 17th Avenue North across from M.L. King Magnet School. Kirkpatrick Sprayground is at 620 S. Ninth St. in East Nashville. Open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and...

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The super interactive "spray pad" at Cumberland Park, 592 S. First St., is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon to 6...

The 12th annual Hot Chicken Festival is July 4 at East Park, 700 Woodland St. The rain-or-shine event starts with a parade of fire trucks at 10:30 a.m. You can try free hot chicken samples from numerous local hot chicken establishments. There is live music and kids activities.

Bells Bend Nature Park, at 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., will celebrate its 10th birthday June 9 with a day of hikes and other programs. The park also has a Pioneer Game Day scheduled for 10 a.m. June 16 for ages 6-12 and other programs through the summer. 

The Franklin Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the back of The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road. In addition to the produce, it features live music and family events, including a tomato festival on July 14 and a watermelon festival on August 18.

Nashville's 24th annual Movies in the Park will be in Elmington Park, 3531 West End Ave., on Thursdays in June. The schedule includes: June 7, "Coco;" June 14, "Legally Blonde;" and...

The City of Franklin offers outdoor family movies at 8 p.m. at Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road. On June 22, it is "LEGO Ninjago Movie," and on July 13, it's "Descendants 2."

Radnor Lake State Park, 1160 Otter Creek Road, offers ranger-led hikes, birds of prey programs, reptile programs and canoe floats during the summer. The programs are free, but some have a reservation fee. 

...largest inland stone fortification built during the Civil War. There's a visitor center at 1100 Fort Negley Blvd., which offers interpretative exhibits, interactive touch screens, artifact displays and videos about the Civil War...

The band will also play at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ's annual "One Nation Under God" concert at 6:30 p.m. July 1. There will be free ice cream and a professional fireworks display on the church lawn, 1949 Old Hickory Blvd., Brentwood.

This concert series from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays in The Grove at Fontanel, 4241 Whites Creek Pike, runs through June 21.

...living history event is June 23 at the historic Amqui Station and Visitor’s Center, 303 Madison St. The event includes the living history encampment, guest speakers, vendors, exhibits, a Stage Door Canteen...

There are plenty of local galleries, and many have receptions for exhibit openings. They include: Vanderbilt's Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Memorial Hall, 1220 21st Ave. S., where the exhibit through July 14 is "America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler."

Goodlettsville has a Music on Main summer concert series with live music, food trucks, and a kids zone from 6:30-8 p.m. at Goodlettsville City Hall, 105 S Main St. The lineup: June 7, Martin Family Circus; June 21, Adam Cunningham from "The Voice;" July 5 South Street Players; and July 19, TBD.

    Ms. Cheap's Guide to Summer 2018: 94 free things to do around Nashville
    If you are looking for free summer fun, my " Ms. Cheap Guide to Summer 2018" is the ticket. My guide features free Middle Tennessee concerts, festivals, movies, family programs, hikes and nature events, ideas for learning new things, plus a list of free places to get wet and cool off in the 14 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day!

May 22

Nashville Splash Pad and Pool Roundup! Summer 2018

620 South 9th Street, Nashville TN 37206

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592 South 1st Street, Nashville TN 37213

876 Burnett Rd, Old Hickory TN 37138

1120 Hillsboro Rd, Franklin TN 37064

    Nashville Splash Pad and Pool Roundup! Summer 2018
    Allow me to reveal something that may render you speechless: I do not love summer. Every year I ready myself with pep-talks and a mini fan for the inevitable sweat bath as Nashville's humidity covers me like a wet blanket. Mercifully, the middle TN area is packed with pools, water parks, and splash pads galore!


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