There’s something about the relationship between moms and sons that is so special. The two hold a bond that can’t be broken, and you’ll rarely find a mother-son duo that doesn’t brag on each other. While boys are still young, it’s great for them to spend one-on-one time with their moms to solidify that connection. These are the places to grow and connect as mother and son in Nashville.
The animal kingdom is fascinating. And with more than 2,764 animals, there are plenty of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish to see in Nashville. One of the newest exhibits is the Andean Bear exhibit. Inside are two bears, along with pudus, viscachas, sloths and guinea pigs. In the future, a new state-of-the-art veterinary medical center will be built at the zoo, as well as an African village that will showcase lions, zebras, cheetahs, giraffes and more African species. In addition to animals, there is a jungle gym playground, carousel and zipline for children to enjoy. Adults and children over 42″ tall are free to ride the zipline, so both mom and son are sure to have a blast while bonding in the “wild.”
There are several fire stations in the Nashville area. For aspiring firemen, a trip to the station would be a really fun way to spend time with mom. Just call the location you’d like to visit and ask if you can stop by for a tour. Your son might be able to look and sit inside the fire trucks, get a peek at the living quarters and maybe even take home a plastic fireman hat. Capture the day in photo form to create lasting memories that your son will remember for his entire life.
There are over 60 trampolines to practice jumping, somersaults and gymnastics on. For kids, there are foam pits and the KidJump zone. More adventurous visitors will enjoy Extreme Dodgeball, the trapeze and the Ninja Obstacle Course. Throughout the week, the venue has different specials, like College Night, Family Night and Theme Night, which features a variety of musical styles like ’80s and hip-hop.
Junior League of Nashville opened the venue in 1931 as an amateur theater. The very first production was Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp. The shows are put on with the goal of empowering young people in Middle Tennessee through cultural literacy and to instill empathy through transformational theatrical experiences. Professional adult actors from the Nashville area are hired to perform both weekday and weekend performances of classic tales for school groups and families. The theater also hosts drama classes and summer camps for children ages 3–18. The Tennessee Arts Commission, along with the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, makes it possible for the theater to offer after-school workshops, community events and professional development programs for educators.
Make mother-son date day a healthy and educational experience. Take a trip to the farmers market and teach your son all about eating healthy. Let him choose a few fruits and vegetables to take home so he feels empowered and involved in the outing. Score bonus points by taking your picks to the park and enjoying a picnic.
Offering indoor rock climbing, fitness classes and yoga, Climb is for thrill-seeking children and adults. Climbers under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by an adult and children under 18 must have a signed waiver filled out by a legal guardian. No experience is required to climb at the facility, however all climbers do need to take a short orientation. There are also classes, group events and summer camps available for those interested in maintaining a more active lifestyle.
Located a bit outside of Nashville is Tennessee’s largest petting farm. There are over 100 animals to interact with, including pigs, chickens, sheep, goats, horses, donkeys and rabbits. The animals can be pet, hugged or fed, and little ones can enjoy pony rides. There is also a 20-minute wagon ride available for children who aren’t fans of riding animals. And for those who simply want to explore farm life without getting up close and personal with animals, there are games, playgrounds and tire climbs. The farm features seasonal activities for the whole family, which are included with admission. These include Easter egg hunts, a corn maze, a watermelon festival and a pick-your-own vegetables garden. For an additional cost, pick a pumpkin or two in the pumpkin patch during the fall.
Each month, Home Depot hosts free DIY building workshops for kids. The store provides all of the supplies and the children make a home- and garden-related craft. Some workshops provide holiday or seasonal kits, such as pencil boxes decked out with flowers for Mother’s Day, while others stick to projects like birdhouses. Parents are welcome to attend the workshops and assist their children, so moms and sons could definitely kill two birds with one stone and make a date out of a DIY project.