The temps will soon remain cooler as the season turns to fall, so little kids everywhere will be playing inside more. It’s always good to get toddlers out of the house for a change, though. There are lots of places for you to take them for free and lots of other places where kids can play for hours for under $10.
Cornerstone Kids Playground
726 W. Old Hickory Blvd., Madison
Closed Monday; Open Tuesday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
One of the area’s largest indoor playgrounds includes a soft playground area for ages 2 and younger. The playground is for children ages 6 months through 5th grade, but an adult must accompany children and stay while they play. No shoes are permitted on the playground, only socks, and no rough-housing is allowed.
502 SE Broad Street, Murfreesboro
FREE for kids under 2/ $8 for older kids and adults/
Hands-on museum, nature center and activity center combined, a large play space lets kids explore freely. Daily programs, too.
Goofballs Family Fun Center
1113 Murfreesboro Road, STE. 360, Franklin
FREE for under age 3/ FREE for all Fridays before 4/ $5 or free entry with $10 purchase most other days
Toddler play area in addition to an arcade, bumper cars, a laser room, obstacle course, bowling and more.
The Monkey’s Treehouse
91 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood
FREE for babies under age 1 with a paying sibling. $9 for each child up to 8 years old. Twins are admitted as one. Three adults admitted per paid admission (you do not pay an entry fee, only children do).
Opry Mills Mall Children’s Play Area
433 Opry Mills Dr., Nashville
Open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
“Tennessee Treasures” is the children’s play area, located near The Children’s Place store in the mall. Kids can climb on top of large replicas of musical instruments. Includes soft seating and charging spots for your devices.
PAY TO PLAY
Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville
FREE for kids under 2/ $11 for ages 2-12/$13 for older
Hands-on exhibits and play plus the newly opened iDiscover early childhood area.
2990 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood
$7.95 a bouncer (ages walking & older); save $1 per child when you reserve online
The Bounce U calendar shows Open Bounces available on weekdays. All kids must wear socks. Reserve spot online since space is limited.
Hoppity Hop Inflatable Play Center
143 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville
Children under age 1 are free with a paying sib. Ages 1 – 3 $7; Ages 4 and older $9. Adults are free.
Head to the website to learn about Open Play times.
1000 Rivergate Parkway, Goodlettsville, 615-756-4098
1952 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro, 615-900-3060
1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin, 615-778-1304
Ages 3 and younger $4.99 everyday
Little kids are limited to the “Earthquake” area only.
1580 Gallatin Pike, N., Madison
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1648 Westgate Circle, Brentwood
Kids 3 and younger have their own play area that’s $6 for ages 2 and under. Cost for Walk-ins on weekdays is $9; $10 weekends.
1113 Murfreesboro Road, STE 254, Franklin
$10 for Toddler Time
For ages 6 and under, Toddler Time is Saturdays from 8:30 – 10 a.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.