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August 20, 2022

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50 Fun Things to Do for Your Sensational Summer

An age-by-age links & idea guide for eking out epic fun for the remainder of the season.

There's still plenty of good, old summertime left! Make the most of this lazy, hazy time with your kiddos. We've got tons of activities to keep all ages occupied.


Great things about toddlers are that their minds are open to everything, they are easily entertained and they're always game for play time — especially when Mom and Dad join in the fun!

Make sock puppets and put on a show.

Visit a storytime at your local library.

• Make an indoor fort.

• Run through sprinklers in the backyard or get soaked with other water toys.

• Set up a festive tea party, either inside or outdoors. Quick! This tea set is under $10!

• Play dress-up … you need only dig through your closets.

• Head to Cheekwood's Tuesdays for Tots program (free for toddlers)


Kids this age are more social with friends, so aside from things you and your child might do together, consider play dates with other parents and kids for fun group activities.

• Break out the costumes and let the kids create and put on a play.

• Take them to Adventure Science Center to explore the new soundBox exhibit.

• Create storybooks based on the kids' Summer Reading Program.

• Cool off in the movie theater with one of the many Summer Movie Series at local theaters.

• Create sidewalk chalk murals.

• Host an outdoor movie night in your backyard with a projector.

• Enjoy a themed picnic featuring your child's favorite character, show or movie.

• Build a campfire in the backyard and make s'mores.

• Explore the Science of Music at the Discovery Center in Murfreesboro. Admission is only $3 on Thursdays from 4 – 7 p.m. thru July 25.

• Build an obstacle course in the backyard.

• Set up an ice cream bar and let the kids have fun creating their own sundaes.

BIG KIDS (AGES 8 – 10)

While the kids are growing up and can enjoy a wider array of things, including more grown-up ones, they still have fun participating in fun, silly activities.

• Host a themed dance party.

• Throw a Christmas in July party, complete with holiday decorations and treats. Ask each child to bring a wrapped present ($15 max) and let them participate in a "Dirty Santa" gift exchange.

• Rent a picnic shelter at your local park for a summer cookout. Play kickball and/or organize Field Day-type games. 

• Get soaked in a water-balloon battle.

• Invite your child's friends over for a homemade pizza party and let the kids go crazy with toppings.

• Put together an outdoor scavenger hunt.

• Explore music history at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Kids 18 and younger in Davidson and immediate surrounding counties get in free; up to two accompanying adults per child get 25 percent off regular admission.

Make friendship bracelets.

• Have a story writing/storytelling competition.

• Spend a day at the Frist Art Museum where 18 and younger get in free, and they can explore their creativity in the hands-on Martin ArtQuest gallery.


While preteen and teen interests are becoming more adult, gear activities to what they like while tapping into the kid still inside them.

• Spend a day going around town taking pics of murals for their Instagram feed.

• Go hiking or biking on one of Middle Tennessee's trails or greenways.

• Build a backyard campfire and have fun telling ghost stories — roast hot dogs and marshmallows while you're at it!

• Schedule a trip to Digital Worlds VR for a fun family gaming experience.

• Embark on a Nashville Ghost Tour.

• Throw a board game night with mocktails.

• Host a karaoke party.

• Go to a Nashville Sounds baseball game.

• Book a ziplining excursion.

• "Be in the movie" in the new 4DX theater at Regal Opry Mills.

• Go on a kayaking/canoeing excursion on the Harpeth River with Tip-A-Canoe.


No matter the age spans of your children, some activities are universal that everyone enjoys.

• Have a picnic in your favorite park.

• Plan a family movie night at home, complete with popcorn, soft drinks and each family member's favorite candy.

• Visit Nashville Zoo to check out the new Sumatran Tiger exhibit.

• See the 40th Anniversary screening of The Muppet Movie back on the big screen via Fathom Events (July 25 & 30).

• Have a family game night.

• Fly a kite.

• Fix breakfast food for dinner one night a week.

• Go to the Stardust Drive-In for a double feature.

• Take the family out for ice cream.

• Experience the fun of Topgolf.

• Explore local nature centers.

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