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April 21, 2024

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MOM REPORT: House of Cards Sunday Family Brunch

A special brunch geared for families complete with magic shows?! Our Mom Reporter got the scoop on Sunday brunches at House of Cards in Nashville.

House of Cards seems to be fairly well-known in Nashville, however, I was surprised at the reactions I got from friends when I told them I took our kids. Many people, it seems, don’t realize they have a very family-friendly experience with their weekly Sunday brunch. I highly recommend you bring the family if you’ve been wanting to check it out.

A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE

The House of Cards Sunday Brunch includes a magic show and delicious brunch each week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We arrived right at 10 a.m. and were directed through the Johnny Cash Museum to a hidden entrance that took us down a staircase to a secret underground tunnel.

After we checked in, we had a guided tour around the venue and were shown magic-related artifacts, like a vintage playing card that dates back to 1490. We then had a family portrait taken, which was later given to us as a souvenir.

Our table was next to a magical piano that will play songs by request. My 3-year-old was delighted it knew how to play her requests: “Hakuna Matata” and “Let It Go.” Kids were crowded around watching it play all morning. My teenage stepdaughter, on the other hand, was content with the coffee drink selection and plethora of brunch options — the brunch is buffet-style and has everything from eggs, bacon and waffles to seafood, a carving station and an omelet station. They also have your favorite classic adult beverages and an open bar.

Our server accommodated us with a high chair for our toddler and dropped off tickets for the magic show, which began about an hour after we were seated for brunch.

The magic show was in a small room, so there aren’t any bad seats (which are first come, first serve). The show kept the whole family entertained and the magician engaged both the kids and adults to help with each trick. While my toddler doesn’t quite grasp the idea of magic just yet, she was still captivated by the performance.

After the show, the buffet remains open if you want to grab another round or a treat from the dessert table. You can also hang out and enjoy a couple of close-up magic shows stationed around the room with other magicians. We had a front row to see another magician, and he had everyone on the edge of their seats trying to figure out his card tricks and illusions.

We headed out a little after noon to make it home for nap time, and overall it was a very special experience for our family. There isn’t a ton that we can do that is both toddler and teenager friendly, but this checked both boxes.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

There is a dress code that you’ll need to adhere to, but dressing up is part of the charm. It’s a great spot for a special occasion birthday brunch or perhaps just a place to check off your Nashville bucket list. Cost is $60/person and $40 each for kids 12 and under (the brunch and magic show are included, but beverages are not). Parking across the street is validated upon departure.

Hilary Hansen is a mom, Vanderbilt graduate and a 2024 Nashville Parent Mom Reporter.

 

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