Cheekwood officially opened the Bracken Foundation’s Children’s Garden back on March 7 — and then came the pandemic. Shuttering the mansion and grounds out of necessity, Cheekwood’s newest family feature hardly had its moment. But now, with Cheekwood reopened (at least partially) families can visit the lush and interactive Children’s Garden boasting delightful elements just for children — turtle fountains, a story tree, a fairy garden, a wishing well, an Adventure Walk and more — right now. Mind you, the Cheekwood Mansion remains closed and the Children’s Garden is also reopening in phases, with high-touch areas temporarily off limits.
“Many benches are also closed, so we encourage families to bring a blanket and sit on the lawn,” says Caroline Jeronimus, senior communications manager at Cheekwood. Lots more is in store once the Children’s Garden is fully opened.
“We will add back in all of the hands-on elements,” Jeronimus says. “We look forward to the day when kids can safely play, learn and create with all of the wonderful elements offered,” she adds.
Once it is safe, Cheekwood will add drop-in art and garden activities. Meanwhile, visit all of the estate’s 55 acres, walk your baby on the half-mile Family Sculpture Trail, and reacquaint yourselves with the many wonders of Cheekwood!
Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Through June 20, hours are Tue – Sat 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Regular operating hours beginning June 21 are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tue – Sun. Admission is $22 adults, $20 seniors 65+, $15 ages 3 – 17, free ages 2 and younger. Call 615-356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.