September is bustling with activities as we glide toward the fall season. Here are our top picks for great outings for the wee ones in your family:
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: THE FRIENDSHIP TOUR 2017
Tennessee Central Railway Museum
220 Willow St., Nashville
Sept. 2, 3, 9 & 10
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
615-244-9001 | tcry.org
Tots are crazy about Thomas the Tank, and he’s making his annual visit from the Island of Sodor. Take a 25-minute train ride pulled by Thomas himself, meet Sir Topham Hatt, play on train tables, enjoy live entertainment and more.
NOTE: Train rides depart hourly between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and you need to be checked in one our prior to your train ride. Also, be prepared for the exit through the gift shop — lots of Thomas merch there that's tantalizing to little eyes!
KNEE-HIGH NATURALIST: BACKYARD FRIENDS
Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary
545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood
Sept. 5 - 6
10 - 11:30 a.m.
$10 adult/child pair, $7 each additional person
615-370-4672 | owlshill.org
Discover critters that can live in your backyard. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Register in advance.
PEPPA PIG LIVE! PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE (PICTURED ABOVE)
Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville
Thursday, Sept. 28
$15 - $132
800-733-6779 | opry.com
Characters from the popular preschool TV show come to life on stage via life-size puppets during this interactive adventure sure to make your little piggies squeal with delight!
IT LOOKS LIKE PLAY
8109 Concord Road, Brentwood
10 - 11 a.m.
615-371-0090 | brentwood-tn.org/library
Tactile experiences for little hands include mixing, pouring, tearing, squishing and more. For ages 9 months - 4 years. Register in advance.
STORYTIME: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna
Wednesday, Sept. 6
615-297-2966 | nashvilleballet.com
Join Nashville Ballet's Lilac Fairy as she tells the tale of an evil fairy's curse on a beautiful young princess. This interactive story for preschoolers is a fun intro prior to Nashville Ballet's big production of The Sleeping Beauty
, Sept. 23 - 24 at TPAC.
Old Fort Park
1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro
615-893-2141 | murfreesborotn.gov/parks
An hour of stroller fitness in the park followed by “stay and play” fun at Kids’ Castle. Ages birth - 5 years.
MUSIKGARTEN WITH MISS TESS
Bowie Nature Park
7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview
Wednesdays, Sept. 6 - Dec. 20
9:30 - 10 a.m. ages 16 months - 3 years ($120); 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. ages 3 - 5 years ($150)
615-799-5544 | bowiepark.org
A 15-weeks series of early childhood music-and-movement fun for little ones and parents. Register in advance.