We love a three-day weekend, and, of course, Memorial Day is the official kick-off the summer season! In addition to grilling and poolside relaxation, here's a roundup of fun things to do with your family this Memorial Day Monday:
13TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY CLASSIC
Drakes Creek Park, Hendersonville
Participate in a 15K, 5K or one-mile fun run benefiting Cumberland Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Outdoor Adventure Center, Smyrna
Carnival yard games, crafts, face painting, refreshments and more.
CHECK OUT THE NEW PLANETARIUM SHOW
Adventure Science Center/Sudekum Planetarium
There's a brand-new, 28-minute planetarium show, The Secrets of Gravity: In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein, running at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There are four other planetarium programs on Memorial Day as well: The Little Star that Could (9:45 a.m.); Incoming! (1 p.m.); Nightwatch (3 p.m.); and The Beatles Laser Show (4 p.m.).
CINEMA BY JW
JW Marriott, Nashville
Music City's newest free summer movie series takes place on the green space of the swanky JW Marriott downtown. Memorial Day kicks off the series with Ghostbusters (PG). Gates open at 6 p.m., and the movie begins between 8 - 8:45 p.m. depending on sunset. You must reserve your free tickets in advance HERE as space is limited to 500 guests.
COOL OFF AT WAVE COUNTRY
Wave Country Water Park, Nashville
Water attractions include the wave pool, two water flumes, two speed slides and a kiddie pool with a water-dropping feature. Monday's hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 ages 3 - 12.
CREATIVE ZONE: ADORN A MICROPHONE
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville
Get out of the heat and enjoy the air conditioning at The Hall. This all-ages family program on Monday draws from the inspiration of artists like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift who are known for their bedazzled microphones. From 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., your family can drop-in at the museum's Taylor Swift Education Center to create an inventive mic using color, gems and sequins. While you're at the museum, be sure to check out its exhibits. In addition to Sing Me Back Home (the permanent exhibit detailing the history of country music from its humble roots to modern day), you can also explore Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s; Little Big Town: The Power of Four; The Judds: Dream Chasers; and Emmylou Harris: Songbird's Flight. Admission to the Hall is $25.95 adults, and free for kids ages 18 & younger living in Davidson and immediate surrounding counties.
DRIVE-IN DOUBLE FEATURES
Stardust Drive-In, Watertown
There's nothing quite like the nostalgic drive-in experience, and Stardust always delivers double-headers on both of its screens. That's right, the price of admission ($8.50 adults, $6.60 ages 6 - 11, free 5 & younger) gets you TWO first-run flicks. On Memorial Day, Screen 1 will show Disney's Aladdin followed by Avengers: Endgame. Screen 2 will show John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum followed by Long Shot. The box office at the gate opens at 6:30 p.m. First feature starts at 8:20 p.m., the second starts at 10:45 p.m. If you go, plan to arrive early because the carline gets really long.
FAMILY FUN AT THE FRIST
Frist Art Museum, Nashville
Spark engaging dialogues with your kids while exploring the five current exhibits: Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing; Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism; Diana Al-Hadid: Sublimations; Connect/Disconnect: Growth in the "It" City; and ARTlab: Youth Reflections of Mental Health & Violence. After your exhibit experience, make your way with the kids to the Martin ArtQuest gallery. It's one of the city's best hands-on art encounters for kids. Several different stations allow kids of all ages to create in a variety of ways. Kids 18 and younger are free at the Frist (adult admission is $15).
FLAGS OF REMEMBRANCE
Healing Field, Murfreesboro
This 11th annual observation features more than 850 American flags, which you can walk among while remembering those who have served our country.
FOR DUTY & HONOR: TENNESSEE'S MEXICAN WAR EXPERIENCE
The Hermitage, Nashville
Take in a bit of education on Memorial Day at The Hermitage and hear the stories of the Tennesseans who volunteered to fight in the Mexican-American War of 1846-48.
Franklin Theatre, Franklin
Three movies are on tap this Memorial Day: Dumbo (PG) at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Captain Marvel (PG-13) at 4 p.m.; and Breakthrough (PG) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 adults, $8 youth (the 10 a.m. screening of Dumbo is $5).
MAKE WAVES AT NASHVILLE SHORES
Nashville Shores, Hermitage
If your family is eager to get soaked, there's no better place than Nashville Shores. Music City's leading water park attraction features a giant wave pool, relaxing lazy river, numerous water slides, the Kowabunga Beach kiddie area and more. Plus, there's fun on the lake. Monday's hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Admission is $36.99 for those 48 inches and taller, $28.99 for those 47 inches and shorter. Parking is $10.
MEMORIAL DAY DASH
Adventure Science Center, Nashville
Nashville Striders host this 20th annual 5K that starts and finishes at Adventure Science Center. The course goes through Fort Negley and the historic Nashville City Cemetery. Proceeds benefit the Nashville City Cemetery Association, and there will be awards given in age-specific categories from children to seniors, plus a grand prize given to the runner with the most patriotic attire.
MEMORIAL DAY MADNESS
Sports*Com's Boro Beach Outdoor Pool, Murfreesboro
A day of swimming, music, games and prizes.
NASHVILLE SOUNDS BASEBALL
First Tennessee Park, Nashville
The Nashville Sounds challenge Round Rock Express at 12:05 p.m. If you have a Kroger Plus card, you can get this great $44 deal which gets you four tickets to the game, four hot dogs and four fountain sodas. Also available is a Club Level cookout package starting at $60 per person. It includes a club-level game ticket; all-you-can eat picnic (burgers, hot dogs, BBQ pulled pork, chips, cookies, etc.); Bud & Bud Light draft beer; soda, water, tea; commemorate Sounds sunglasses; exclusive access to the Brauer Lounge and Club Level Deck; your choice of one remastered Sounds promo item (flag, pop-socket or decal). Package available online only.
TENNESSEE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Covington Glen, Arrington
It's the final day of the 2019 Ren Fest. Celtic melodies fill the air. Enjoy jousting knights, man-powered rides, skill games, live entertainment, merchants and more. Be sure to tour the cool castle, too!
WILLIAMSON COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND
Veteran's Park, Franklin
Start the day by enjoying a morning concert of patriotic tunes.