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September 28, 2023

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50 Things to Do with the Kids in August

Sum-sum-summertime! Find Things to Do for the whole family on this amazing list!

WOOF! The dog days of summer are here … Find a fun event for you and the fam to check out. There’s still plenty of opportunities around you for some fun and exciting new THINGS TO DO!

1. Splash around at a Splash Park or Splash Pad!

2. Explore the life of Eric Church in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s newest exhibition.

3. See a to-the-note Led Zeppelin tribute band at Academy Park on Saturday, Aug. 12. 

4. Last chance to catch the Disney Animation Immersive Experience through Aug. 13.

5. Bring your little reptile-lovers to the new Komodo dragon exhibit at Nashville Zoo.

6. Test out your driving skills at a Mario Kart tournament. Happens Aug. 19 at Linebaugh Library.

7. Big Band Dances take place every Saturday at Centennial Park’s Event Shelter. Kids can learn a new dance style!

8.Visit various Nashville Public Library branches for a chance to cuddle up with a canine friend who will listen while your kid reads.

Reading PAWS early literacy program.

9. The Theater Bug presents Shadow, an imaginative new musical about the complexities of identity through Aug. 6.

10. Learn about how replicas can illuminate lost history with this new exhibit at The Parthenon at Centennial Park.

11. Take your little movie-lovers to AMC Summer Movie Camp. Discounted tickets for select films every Wednesday & Friday.

12. Cuddle a baby goat at Noble Springs Dairy every Saturday.

13. Stardust Retro Wednesdays features two classic throwback films for cheap every Wednesday.

14. Bang a drum, pluck a guitar and strum a uke at Country Music Hall of Fame’s Instrument Petting Zoo on Wednesdays.

15. Cuddle some cows and other farm animals every Sunday at the Gentle Farm in Christiana.

16. Looking for a pet? Adopt a furry friend this month at PAWS Murfreesboro!

The Ninja Experience at Williamson County Fair.

17. Family fun galore at the Williamson County FairAug. 4 – 12.

18. Check out the free 2023 Dore Jam on Aug. 19.

19. Budding Picassos can drop by Sylvan Park in Nashville for Drop-in Kids Art Classes on Saturdays.

20. Obstacle courses, games and more for Kids Night Out at Boost Gymnastics on Aug. 5.

21. See a live animal show at various Williamson Co. Library branches July 12, 13 and 27. 

22. See a Movie Under the Stars at various parks in Murfreesboro.

23. Hi-YAH! Kids ages 5  – 13 can check out this Franklin martial arts program on Aug. 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12.

24. Gaylord’s “Summer of More” is pirate & princess-themed and runs all summer!

25. So many juicy events to sink your teeth into at the Tomato Art Fest Aug. 11 – 12.

Tomato Art Fest Nashville 2023

Tomato Art Fest

26. See this fun theater show for little ones apart of the Snuggery Series at Nashville Children’s Theatre Aug. 12 – Nov. 26. 

27. Bring your pup out to Cheekwood on Thursday nights in August for its “Dog Nights of Summer”.

28. Wishing Chair Productions brings the Puss in Boots Puppet Show to the downtown Nashville Public Library on Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 11 – 26.

29. Get your fiddles out for the Full Moon Pickin’ Party at the Percy Warner Equestrian Center on Aug. 11.

30. Have a special Summer Tea Party at Same Davis Home in Smyrna on Aug. 12.

31. See some crazy rare and vintage cars at the Lane Motor Museum Fun Day on Aug. 12.

32. Enjoy this Taylor Swift Laser Dance Party while surrounded by synchronized lasers and lights inside The Caverns on Aug. 12. 

33. VROOM! Check out Family Night Racing at the Speedway on Aug. 12.

34. Have a guided Kayak Float in Smyrna on Aug. 13.

35. Livestock shows, motorsports events, music on six stages and more than 60 carnival rides at the Wilson County + TN State Fair Aug. 17 – 26.

Wilson County + Tennessee State Fair

36. See the night sky through telescopes with Warner Parks & local astronomers at the Summer Star Party on Aug. 19.

37. The Nashville Sounds have 12 home games in August!

38. Love music and farm animals? Check out Goats & Guitars on Aug. 19. 

39. Get ready for the school year at this fun Back-to-School Bash at Cool Springs Galleria on Aug. 19. 

40. Kids can get in touch with their dramtic side at Pull-Tight Players Junior Youth Actors Guild (Jr.YAG) on Aug. 19. 

41. Buck on over to the Professional Bull Riding event at Bridgestone Arena Aug. 18  – 20.

Professional Bull Riders Stampede Days | Visit Nashville TN

PBR: Nashville Stampede Days

42. Hands-on, exploratory STEAM learning for littles Aug. 14 – 15 and Aug. 28 – 29.

43. Catch a free old school-style vintage base ball game.

44. Get an intro to the bow and arrow (and a free Marvel poster) at the Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center on Aug. 25.

45. The Titans are back on the field this August, with a home preseason game Aug. 25.  

46. Don’t miss the Bruce Munro Light exhibit at Cheekwood all month long.

47. Littles can get in touch with nature on the last Tuesday of each month during  Toddler Tuesday at Sam Davis Home.

48. See the new Science of Music featured exhibit upstairs at The Discovery Center all month long.

49. Cut a rug with free outdoor concerts every Friday with Friday Night Live in Murfreesboro.

50. The 2023 Summer Shakespeare series features the play Much Ado About Nothing in Nashville (Aug. 31 – Sept 24) and then in Franklin (Sept. 28 – Oct. 1). 

 

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About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.