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Fall Break at the Country Music Hall of Fame!

Hands-on programs taking place in the Taylor Swift Education Center from Friday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 23.

During FALL BREAK FUN: Road Trip at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, students and their families can explore the theme of road trips. From Friday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 23, K–12 students can request a packet that contains gallery games, at-home activities and cool keepsakes, enjoy a variety of hands-on programs taking place in the Taylor Swift Education Center and check out the brand-new exhibit Western Edge: The Roots and Reverberations of Los Angeles Country-Rock

Through Community Counts, the museum provides free general admission to youth 18 and under from Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties. Up to two adults accompanying the youth can receive 25 percent off general museum admission. Free admission for up to 2 adults is also available to library cardholders by checking out the Community Counts Passport at any Nashville Public Library location.

Fall Break Programs include:

Friday, Oct. 14 | Creative Zone: Cool Cars and Drivable Designs
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Visitors can design cool rides for their road trip. Attendees will consider where they would like to go and the transportation they will take to get there. The stylish rides on view in the museum will give inspiration for their adventure. Will attendees travel in a “solid gold” limousine like Elvis Presley, a cowboy convertible like Webb Pierce, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle like Keith Whitley or a train like Jimmie Rodgers?

Saturday, Oct. 15 | Family Program: Musical Instrument Petting Zoo: Global Road Trip
1 – 3 p.m.
Participants can join the museum for a Musical Petting Zoo road trip around the world. In this special version of the museum’s popular program, visitors will trace the origins of the instruments that are central to the country sound and beyond. Attendees will stamp their passports as a professional musician explores international origins of the fiddle, guitar, banjo, ukulele and more. Then, participants can try their hand at all the instruments in the zoo. Instructors will be on site to offer guidance.

Saturday, Oct. 22 | Family Program: Design Your Own Award
1:30 p.m.
During the program, attendees will imagine an award they would like to receive some day, think of the hard work and steps needed to reach that goal and solidify their aspirations by creating their dream award using commonly found objects. Participants will take inspiration from the exhibition Chris Stapleton: Since 1978, presented by Ram Trucks, which features many of the more than 32 awards the country singer has won to date, including a Grammy for Best Country Album and a Waffle House Tunie award for having the most-played song on Waffle House jukeboxes. Offered in support of the exhibition Chris Stapleton: Since 1978, presented by Ram Trucks.

Sunday, Oct. 23 | Creative Zone: Hip Hats
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Throughout country music history, numerous artists and musicians have counted a cowboy hat as a part of their signature look. For example, Chris Stapleton is often seen wearing a Charlie 1 Horse hat with a snakeskin band embellished with bird feathers and a large turquoise stone. Using hats on view throughout the museum as inspiration— including those in the exhibition Chris Stapleton: Since 1978 — aspiring designers will make and decorate their own paper hats. Offered in support of the exhibition Chris Stapleton: Since 1978, presented by Ram Trucks.


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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.