Planning a staycation during your spring break? Don’t overlook activities at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The hall has a lot of activities for kids and families to enjoy.
Now through Sunday, March 31, kids in grades K – 12 can use the museum’s Spring Break Activity Kits in the museum galleries to learn about storytelling and taking part in crafts that pique the imagination. Family friendly programming takes place Friday through Sundays in the Taylor Swift Education Center. While there, you can also check out the newest exhibit, American Currents: State of the Music.
There’s not reason not to go! The museum provides free general admission to ages 18 and younger through a Community Counts initiative. Participating counties include Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson, in addition to Cheatham county. In addition to free admission for a child, up to two adults accompanying a child receives 25 percent off of general admission. Alternatively, the Community Counts Passport at any Nashville Public Library gives free admission for up to two adults who are library cardholders.
Spring Break Programs at the Country Music Hall of Fame:
Friday, March 10 and Friday, March 24 | 10 a.m.
Enjoy relief printmaking and make a print to take home. In this workshop, participants learn about positive and negative space, mirror image and color layering by arranging a typeface called Alpha-Blox. After creating a design of letters, patterns or shapes, aspiring printmakers will ink their design with a brayer, or roller, then print it on a sign press. Educator-artists from Hatch Show Print will be on hand to lend guidance and expertise. (Recommended for ages 5 and older.)
Family Program: Quilted Squares
Saturday, March 11 | 2 p.m.
Storytelling is a big part of country music and quilting is an art form often used for storytelling. Participants will learn how quilting is used for communicating and more. (Recommended for ages 10 and older).
Sunday, March 12 and Friday, March 17: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friday, March 31: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Throughout country music history, numerous artists and musicians have counted a cowboy hat as a part of their signature look. Using hats on view throughout the museum as inspiration — including those in the museum’s exhibition Chris Stapleton: Since 1978 — make and decorate your own paper hats. (All ages)
Family Program: Book Making
Saturday, March 18 | 2 p.m.
Inspiration is all around and ideas can come at any moment. Explore the world around us by making a notebook to capture ideas when inspiration strikes. Decorate a notebook cover with a design, a title or your name, and then use your new book to write or sketch. (All ages)
Sunday, March 19 | 11 a.m.
Cowboy boots add flair to an outfit and are sturdy enough for hard work and long journeys. Inspired by fashionable footwear featured in the museum galleries, create boot patterns to reflect your own personalities. (All ages)
Saturday, March 25 | 2 p.m.
Attendees can bow a fiddle, pluck a banjo and strum a ukulele. The Musical Instrument Petting Zoo offers budding musicians a chance to try new and familiar instruments. The program will begin with a demonstration of the instruments by a professional musician, then instructors will offer guidance as participants try their hand at all the instruments in the zoo. (All ages)