“Mommy, let’s play!” your little one begs, pulling on your hand. She’s loaded with pent-up energy and your out of options at home. Good news: Rutherford fun options are plentiful. Check it out:
Open bounce times for all ages are generally Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 3 - 6 p.m. for $7.95 per child. Preschool Playdate sessions are select Fridays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for ages 18 months - 7 years for $7.95 for the first child, $6.95 for each additional.
Chuck E. Cheese’s
Classic games for little ones include Skee-Ball and Whack-A-Mole, plus there are kiddie rides. Hours are Sun - Thu 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Prices vary per game and food.
Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
Snack Attack happens Mondays at 4 p.m. and gives ages 3 and older a chance to make a yummy snack (cost is free with admission). Creation Station Art Activities takes place on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. The lineup this month: Sept. 6: Salt and Watercolor Experiment; Sept. 13: Coffee Filter Apple Art; Sept. 20: Windsocks; Sept. 27: Paper Plate Apple Crafts. On Wednesdays at 4 p.m., it's Animal Antics time, allowing kids to meet the center’s resident animals for ages 5 and older. (cost is free with admission). Nature Nuts happens on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for ages 5 and older. Admission: $8 ages 2 and older, free ages younger than 2.
Ages 3 and younger can play in the Earthquake Area every day for $4 per person. Hours: Sun - Thu 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri & Sat 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Patterson Park Community Center
Busy Bees for ages 3 - 5 takes place Tue and Thu from 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. and costs $3. Check out the website for additional programs.
Skate Center Smyrna
Saturday Little Kids Skate session for ages 8 and younger is available 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and costs $6/$3 skate rental. The center offers supports that roll with your child as he skates or you may walk beside him. Hang around for the Family & Kids Skate at 12. (Also $6 admission with $3 rental). Regular skate session hours and admission prices vary, see site for details.
Bounce House is available to kids 48 inches or smaller during matinee sessions. Hours and admission rates vary, see site for details.
Toddler Time with Thomas for ages 5 and younger takes place Fridays at 10 a.m. and costs $3. Tumbleweeds for ages 3 - 5 takes place Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. and costs $3.
The Wilderness Station
Wild Things for ages 1 - 4 takes place Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and costs $3.