CATCH A FLICK AT STARDUST DRIVE-IN

StarDustFind specific mapping information at the Stardust website! Movies at the Watertown drive-in start at dusk throughout the summer; showtime may be 7:30 p.m. now, but by July it can be as late as 9 p.m. Adult ticket is $8; kids ages 6 - 11 are $6; kids 5 and younger are free — you always get a double feature for the price of your ticket. Enjoy the full-service concessions including cheese steak sandwiches, kids’ baskets, 12-inch pizzas, popcorn, candy, funnel cake and lots more.  TO KNOW: Key in 201 Tennessee Blvd., Watertown for the best GPS navigation. New movies start on Fridays and the website is updated every Monday with the coming weekend’s showings. Follow Stardust on Twitter for updates at @stardustdrive; the daily schedule is available by calling 615-237-0077. The box office at Stardust opens two hours ahead of the movie showing, and it’s recommended that families come early to avoid lines and to find the right parking spot. Stardust features a state-of-the-art sound system in order to broadcast to your car in FM Stereo. Wifi is available.

CHILL OUT AND CANOE THE CANEY

Take I-40 East from Nashville to exit 273. Make a right off the exit. Canoe the Caney is one mile ahead on the right in the large red and white building (JBeez Watercraft).Relax in a canoe or kayak and let the Canoe the Caney folks do the rest. Several different excursions are available for either a full- or half-day experience. Canoe the Caney will suit your family up and deliver you to the river drop-off location; at the end of your trip they’ll return you to your vehicle. TO KNOW: Trips are available seven days a week beginning at 9 a.m. running hourly. For weekend trips, arrive 20 - 30 minutes early. The six-mile canoe trip (approximately one-and-a-half hours long) is $22.99 per person (children 12 and younger are free as long as they are a third or fourth passenger in the canoe; the nine-mile trip is $9.99 more per person. Life jackets are available for all ages. Be sure to pack things you’ll need like sunscreen, water, lunch, a dry change of clothes for each person, towels and water shoes. Pets are not allowed.

CanoeMORE CANOEING

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RAFTING

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TUBING

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HANG WITH COOL FOLKS AT ARRINGTON VINEYARDS

Arrington VineyardsIf you haven’t been out to Arrington Vineyards’ 75 acres of rolling vineyards and hillsides, what on Earth are you waiting for? Arrington makes it so easy! Take your family any time (hours are Mon - Thu 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri - Sat 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 8 p.m.) and stake your claim to a picnic spot. Bring your chairs, blankets and picnics for Music in the Vines every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (see the event calendar at the website), or come as a couple for wine tastings! Arrington has two music spots on the property now, too. TO KNOW: Arrington Vineyards is located at 6211 Patton Road in Arrington. The phone number is 615-393-0102. They’re open all year. If you want to snag a picnic table, at least one person has to be there to stake the claim. Wine tastings happen daily. No pets are allowed; watch the kids. Arrington mainly caters to adults 21 and older.

DANCE YOUR HEART OUT AT BIG BAND DANCES

It’s the 33rd anniversary of Big Band Dances in Nashville’s Metro Parks, so why not spend an upcoming Saturday night dancing with the kids and listening to big band music played by some of Nashville’s finest musicians? Each week features a different style of dance instruction and a different big band playing that particular style. The dances include 30-minute dance lessons sponsored by Dance World at 7 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. After the lessons, get ready to shake your thang! TO KNOW: The dances take place at the Centennial Park Event Shelter (2500 West End Ave., Nashville). You can bring coolers with your own refreshments (no alcohol allowed) or you can find something to hit the spot at one of the food trucks (including ones with frozen treats). Call 615-862-8440. BigBandDanceSUMMER lineup: • July 9:         The Lynn Beal Band (Waltz) • July 16:        J. Bradley Big Band (Swing) • July 23:        The Moonlighters (Rumba) • July 30:        The Jerry Vinett Band (Tango) • August 6:      Debi Bailes & Her Band (Cha-Cha) • August 13:     The Paul Ross Orchestra (Foxtrot) • August 20:     The Establishment (Waltz) • August 27:     Music City Swing (Swing)

GONE FISHING!

A great site for finding everything you need to fish (licenses, top fishing spots in Tennessee, fishing reports and Tennessee fishing apps (learn what’s biting and where!) is takemefishing.org/tennessee. Don’t overlook Buck Snort Trout Ranch (bucksnort.com) in McEwen, Tenn. No licenses are required at Buck Snort — just bring your family and find your private spot on one of the fish ponds or lakes.

 GONE SWIMMING!

Swim teams and hanging out at the pool is wonderful, but sometimes you need to kick things around a bit! So head to a swimming hole! Tennessee is a fantastic state for adventures, so make a point of it. Head to swimmingholes.org/tn to locate a bounty of swimming spots like the one in the photo from Fall Creek Falls. Additional swimming spots can be found at onlyinyourstate.com/tennessee/tn-swimming-holes.
 

TURN YOUR HOME INTO A KID HANGOUT

This may not sound like your kind of fun, but ask yourself, “What is the alternative?” Not knowing where your kids are and how they’re doing? Give in to having kids around! CREATE a place in your house where kids can hang out. Ideally, it should be close by but somewhat removed from you, like the basement or the garage. Furnish it with casual, comfortable seating. STOCK UP on popsicles, drinks and fast snacks. ESTABLISH GUIDELINES so everybody’s clear: no balls in the house; no running with the dogs inside; no girls in boys’ bedrooms, etc., and make a plan for what everybody’s going to do, i.e,. watch a movie, play a game, play Xbox, etc. ENCOURAGE your child to invite kids over. You literally have to tell your kids it’s OK and what you want! MAKE KIDS WELCOME  by being friendly, agreeable and not one to fly off the handle. CO-OP IT If you live in a neighborhood with kids, be crafty and make arrangements with other moms to take turns being the hang-out spot!

MOM'S SURVIVAL PLAN!

Super Woman. Female Hero. Superhero. Girl in Superhero Costume. Pin Up Girl. Comic Style. Pop Art. Vector illustrationYou need a few tools in your arsenal to get through the days with the kids around. Here are some top tips! Routines and Schedules The more you can stay on a predictable schedule with your children filled with a variety of activities at a slow pace, the calmer everyone will be. Have a list of pre-planned activities to get your kids through the day. When you stay on schedule, you’ll have nice days. Clean Up Having the kids around means dishes will be left scattered around your house along with wrappers and empty water bottles, so best to nip that in the bud. Make it clear to the kids that cleaning up after themselves is mandatory or they will lose a privilege. Summer Reading Get in the habit of the 20-minutes-a-day requirement with the kids in the morning or just after lunch. If you make it mandatory, it won’t fall by the wayside and might actually become one of the more pleasant activities that happens at your home in summer. Help your kids sign up for the 2016 Summer Reading Program at your local library. This year's theme is "On Your Mark ... Get Set ... READ!" Find a list of local libraries HERE. Mother’s Helper Your friend’s 16-year-old could use a few extra bucks and you could use another set of hands a few hours in the day. Put two plus two together and you’ve got a plan! Excursions DO plan on outings with the kids so you can get out of the house! Use our award-winning Things To Do calendar to identify where you’re going to take them and DO it. Screen Time Some kids will veg out all day with video games and movies if you let them. Don’t let them. Realize that there’s a lot more to life. Sit your kids down and have everyone hear from you what acceptable screen time is going to be. Enforcing your rules is the hardest thing of all, but is overall much better for the kids who need and thrive by participating in a wide variety of activities. Summer Camps Use our Summer Camp and Activities Directory to identify a day camp for your child. Participating in a summer camp is fun, eye opening and lets your child have some independence!