Each month, a variety of classes and activities for kids fills up our local calendar — many of them free! We get the scoop ahead of time and pass it on to you! From art and science to nature and cooking, to Mommy & Me yoga and square dancing, there's always an interesting variety of offerings, so there's no reason for kid boredom!     Almost all of the following activities and classes require advance registration, so plan ahead and reserve your child's space. And stay tuned each  month as we provide the run down on classes month by month in our area! Activities are listed by zones in this order: Davidson County, Rutherford County, Sumner County, Williamson County. And to keep up with daily events, you can always check out the updated-daily listings of "Things to Do."

September's Classes & Activities

DAVIDSON COUNTY/GREATER NASHVILLE

SQUARE DANCE WORKSHOP Saturday, Sept. 2 | 10:30 a.m. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Nashville Ages 5+ Free for kids in Davidson and surrounding counties (up to 2 adults get 25% off the $24.95 gate) Learn classic country dancing with simple steps, twists and moves. HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE LYCEUM Tuesdays, Sept. 5 & 19 K-2 meets 12 - 12:45 p.m.; grades 3-5 meet from 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.; grades 6 - 8 meets from 3 - 3:45 p.m. Adventure Science Center, Nashville Advance registration required $5 members, $7.50 non-member kids in addition to gate admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12) This new educational science program explores chemistry, physics and anatomy through hands-on activities. The classes meet twice monthly with different themes and projects. LEARN TO ICE SKATE Tue/Thu or Sat, Sept. 5 - Oct. 21 Centennial Sportsplex, Nashville Ages 3+ | Advance registration required $155 for 7 classes, $275 for all classes Nashville Skating Academy offers group ice skating classes for all skill levels and styles. MUSIC TOGETHER TRY-OUT CLASS Friday, Sept. 8 | 11:15 a.m. Renee's Groove Room, Nashville Ages 6 months - 5 years | Advance registration required FREE admission In Harmony Music offers a trial session of this parent/tot music-and-movement program. LETTERPRESS WORKSHOP Sunday, Sept. 10 | 12, 1 & 2 p.m. Hatch Show Print, Nashville All ages FREE admission This workshop teaches kids about the old-school style of letterpress print making as they get to create their own prints to take home. HOMESCHOOL DAY Friday, Sept. 15 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tennessee State Museum, Nashville K - 12 homeschool families only FREE admission Special programs/activities with a "citizenship" theme, costumed interpreters, State Capitol tours and more. FLOWERS IN FLIGHT Saturday, Sept. 16 | 1 - 2:30 p.m. Warner Park Nature Center, Nashville All ages | Advance registration required FREE admission Admire, identify and learn the characteristics of native butterflies. ZOO TAKEOVER AT THE FRIST Sunday, Sept. 17 | 2 p.m. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville All ages FREE admission Nashville Zoo staff will be on site to teach kids about the furry, scaly and feathered friends from Down Under.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY

KID'S COOKING CLASS: THE BEST BREAKFAST Saturday, Sept. 2 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Curious Kitchen, Murfreesboro Ages 6 - 15 $50 | Advance registration required Learn to make omelettes, crispy bacon, turkey sausage, stuffed French toast and more. Find more upcoming cooking classes for kids at The Curious Kitchen at thecuriouskitchen.net. CREATIVE WRITING 101 Thursdays, Sept. 7 - 28 | 5 - 6 p.m. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, Murfreesboro Ages 10 - 17 | Advance registration required Free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25 per year) Dive into the basics of the writing arena. MONARCH BUTTERFLY MIGRATION Saturday, Sept. 9 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sharp Springs Natural Area, Smyrna All ages Free Admission Education and identification of monarch butterflies followed by live monarch tagging and release. ACTING 101 Mondays, Sept. 11 - 25 | 5 - 6 p.m. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, Murfreesboro Ages 6 - 9 | Advance registration required Free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year) Learn acting basics for the stage. AUTUMN IN THE OAKS Thursday, Sept. 21 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Oaklands Mansion, Murfreesboro All ages $5 Kids can learn about the chores of the mid-1800s by actually doing them — like clothes washing, butter churning, rug beating. There's also living history demonstrations, crafts and period games. WILDERNESS AWARENESS WORKSHOP Friday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. The Wilderness Station, Murfreesboro Ages 6+ FREE Admission Learn outdoor/environmental ethics during this "Leave No Trace" class geared toward campers.

SUMNER COUNTY

ARTS AFTER SCHOOL Mon - Thu | 4:30 - 6 p.m. Monthaven, Hendersonville Ages 6+ | Advance registration required $50 per month with a one-time $50 supply fee The Hendersonville Arts Council hosts this after-school program featuring a variety of hands-on art classes that include painting, drawing, sculpting, anime drawing, mythical/fantasy art, color theory and more. SUMNER MUSIC TOGETHER Wed, Thu or Fri Sept. 13 - Nov. 29 Creative Music Center, Hendersonville Ages birth - 5 years | Advance registration required $175 ($100 for second child, third child free; ages 9 months and younger are free with registered sibling) This popular parent/tot music-and-movement class includes instrument exploration, singing, dancing and fun playtime. Includes CD, digital downloads and illustrated songbook.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

ART CRAWL WITH MISS AMY Friday, Sept. 1 | 6 - 8 p.m. Williamson County Enrichment Center, Franklin Ages 5 - 11 | Advance registration required $25 Learn cartooning and painting, then play art games. KNEE-HIGH NATURALIST: BACKYARD FRIENDS Tuesday, Sept. 5 - Wednesday, Sept. 6 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary, Brentwood Ages 3 - 5 | Advance registration required $10 per adult/child pair, $7 each additional person Get an up-close look at animal that can live in your backyard.  MUSIKGARTEN WITH MISS TESS Wednesday, Sept. 6 - Dec. 20 Bowie Park Nature Center, Fairview Ages 16 months - 3 years meet from 9:30 - 10 a.m. ($120); ages 3 - 5 meet from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. ($150) Advance registration required A 15-week series of early childhood music and movement fun. MOMMY & ME YOGA Mondays, Sept. 11 - 25 | 10:15 - 11 a.m. Franklin Recreation Complex, Franklin Ages 2 - 5 with a parent $8 adults, free children Parents and their little ones can have fun bonding while doing gentle yoga stretches and poses. GIRLS WHO CODE Wednesdays, Sept. 13 - Nov. 15 | 4 - 5:30 p.m. Brentwood Library, Brentwood Ages 12 - 18 | Advance registration required FREE admission Use computer science to learn coding during this 10-week class.

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