Did you know that less than half of kids get the recommended amount of exercise these days?
Parents seem to be having a harder time persuading their kids to take breaks and play outside. With all the news gadgets, video games, movies, TV shows, and other electronics constantly being placed in our kid’s faces, the temptation to play indoors can far outweigh the idea of moving around outdoors.
Summer has it’s fair share of rainy days, but you can still keep the fun going with your kids while inside. We have had a lot of of Summer storms in my area here, and so it got me to thinking creative about what all my kids and I could do.
We don’t commonly think about these things, but there are plenty of places indoors to have a treasure hunt. Try making a set of clues for every player, and of course an item to be the hidden treasure. The possibilities with this one seem endless, and it’s a rewarding game to really enjoy with your kids.
2.) Create a Family Recipe Book
What’s better than a game that can continue to bring you memories for years to come? Grab an unlined journal and some index cards and you are ready to go. Compile your recipes by holiday or any other period of time that has a memory to it, or just plain inspires you.
3.) Indoor Camping
Who says that you camp indoors? Small tents can be set up indoors to reflect a realistic looking campsite, and you can even make your own tent by tossing a few big blankets over your chairs and furniture, and voila- a fun camping experience for all members of your family. Continue reading 5 Creative Ways to Play on a Rainy Day
In and around Nashville lies many different types of opportunities for fun. Some free, others not so much. You can’t really put a price on fun though, amiright?
Anyhoo, we’re puttin’ the kiddies first in this post, and putting three ideas out there for making your kid’s day a little more fun.
1.) Explore the Outdoors
One of the best things about Tennessee is the scenery, so why not get out there and explore it a bit.
Grab your little ones and head outdoors to one of the many parks in the area, recreation spots, lakes, and hey, why not the beach on cedar creek lake if weather permits?
However you want to do it, just get outdoors with the family and have a great time that you can make a memory of.
2.) Throw in a Little Exercise
Aside from getting out in nature and visiting one of the local parks, Nashville and the surrounding cities have other opportunities for exercise.
Here are our top 5 picks for children and the entire family alike to entertain the idea of exercise.
Charlie Daniel’s Park in Mt. Juliet: Peaceful for walking, running, jogging, with a nice playground for the kids.
BounceU in Nashville – Let your kids get their energy out on these indoor jumpers.
Centennial Park – Great for walking, bike riding, walking pets, and overall taking in the surrounding scenery of the historical park.
Jimmy Floyd Center in Lebanon – Get your swim on in one of the giant indoor or outdoor swimming pools, play racquetball, or exercise in the main facility. There are enough fun activities here to fill your entire day with fun.
YMCA all over Middle Tennessee – You already know the drill – it’s fun to stay at the YMCA. We don’t have to even tell you that the Y offers good facilities for the entire family.
3.) Visit an Actual Fun Center
There are many fun centers around Nashville, offering a range of indoor games that allow you to win prizes. Some even have bowling allies within them, so there’s another way to add some fun to the day as well.
Here are our top picks for fun centers throughout Nashville.
Tennessee is well-known for it’s beauty, making it a tourist destination all year long.
If you’re looking to get away from the noise of the city and spend a calming day in nature, one, or heck all of these waterfalls could be just what need.
Here are our final decisions for the most breathtaking waterfalls in TN – the decisions were definitely not easy 😉
1.) Cummins Falls
Tennessee’s eighth largest waterfall, Cummins Falls is located on the Blackburn State Scenic River, 9 miles north of Cookeville. Not only is this beauty great for taking in the magnificent scenery that the state has to offer, it has been a swimming hole for locals and tourists alike for over 100 years now.
2.) Fall Creek Falls
The seemingly most popular waterfall in the state, Fall Creek Falls has mind-blowing, scenic views that will literally take your breath away. This state park is a must see, with other waterfalls and mountainous views to offer on top of the gorgeous waterfall, which is the park is actually named after.
3.) Twin Falls
Last but certainly not least, we have the Twin Falls. These beautiful waterfalls cascades from an underground cavern into the Caney Fork River, and was crazily enough created when the river was dammed.
Wow, it’s already the middle of July and I can’t believe how fast the year has already been flying by! Can you?
Summer time is wonderful but it always seems to be the season that goes by the quickest. That’s probably because it’s my favorite season though, and the one I happen to enjoy the most.
A lot of fun games, activities, and vacations can take place during the Summer, at least a lot more than during Winter, which I can’t stand. There’s something about the sunny weather that just makes you wanna get out and play. Today we wanted to talk about some of those things, so here at the top 5 things my children and I have greatly enjoyed doing this Summer.
1.) Slip-n-Slide: I believe I talked about this is one of our other articles, but creating a slip n slide can be easy, fun, and a cooling ride. If you don’t want to buy one from the store, you can always make one yourself with a large tarp, rocks or some softer objects to hold the tarp down with, and a hosepipe to stream water down the slide.
2.) Plant a Garden: This is a great time of the year to practice growing your own garden. This can teach kids a valuable lesson in responsibility, and even sprout more confidence in them. Allow them to choose some simple vegetables to grow, and then watch throughout the summer as they nurture the garden. It can be a truly rewarding experience. Continue reading Summer Time Fun for Families
Nashville is quickly becoming one of the most attractive cities in all of the United States. What is is about Music City that is drawing so many people in?
The answer is certainly not a short one, but just taking a look around the web can give you a sneak peak into the wonderful world of Nashville. Luckily for you, you’re on a website that is dedicated to bringing out the best of the city, starting with this post and a list of tours that you don’t want to miss out on.
1.) Segway Tours
Get some exercise while you see the sights on your own time on a segway tour with your close pals.
What better way is there to enjoy the feel of what Nashville has to offer, while feeling good about your health at the same time?
2.) Bus Tours
As the city of Nashville grows, so does it’s variety of bus tours. A few that you already have to choose from include:
Redneck Comedy Bus Tours
Music City Rollin ‘Jamboree Tours
3.) Walking Tours
Get your walk on while you get your ‘watch’ on with one of Nashville’s newest kind of tours. To name a few:
Walkin’ Nashville – Music City Legends Tour
Music City Pub Crawl (Walking with others to grab a drink, gotta love it)
Echoes of Nashville Walking Tours
What tours have you already taken or plan to take in the near future?
Let us know so that we can help our fellow Nashvillians and visitors!
There’s so much to Middle Tennessee that it can be hard to see everything on your list all in one visit; if you have already made up your mind to make a visit of course. 😉
If you’re someone that’s still on the fence about making a trip to Tennessee, fret no longer because we are about to give you three of the biggest reasons to visit.
Majestic mountains, many types of trees and rivers, lakes and streams in between – you can’t really travel about without getting at least a glimpse at all of the surrounding beauty.
While there are certainly other states in the South that also contain this much beauty, middle Tennessee is unique because of it’s beauty. All about the area, there are swimming ponds to check out, trails to hike on for days, and scenes that will make your heart stop for a second.
Being one of the oldest states in America, Tennessee holds a lot of history from the East to the West.
To name a few, The Hermitage, The Parthenon, and the Grand Old Opry alone have a lot of history to share with tourists and residents of the region alike.
Nashville and all of it’s surrounding areas are becoming quite the attraction for tourists and folks that love it so much that they have decided to move there; and the numbers are only on the rise. In our opinion, this is because of the rich history of the area paired with the many events that are always taking places, as well as a long list of attractions to witness.
Do We Have You Convinced Yet?
As you can see, this just a minuscule amount of the many wonderful features of middle Tennessee.
Here are some more ideas to liven up your seasons with some fun.
1. Grow something ya’ll can eat – We always hear that we should eat fresh for good health and how much more fresh can you get than something you grow with your own two hands? Choose a fruit or vegetable that your family will love and start a ‘planting project’ together.
2. Make tie-dye shirts – Here’s a retro one, but making tie-dye t-shirts can be fun for all ages while allowing everyone in your family to take their creativity to all whole other level.
3. Climb a tree – This one speaks for itself but can always be a fun and exciting adventure for kids. Many of us don’t have that great big tree that makes climbing a breeze, but all over your town I can guarantee you can find them in parks or even another friends house.
4. Build a treehouse – If you do happen to have a nice sturdy tree in your yard, try building a treehouse. Some smaller trees that may not seem as strong can sometimes still be used however, you may need to bring in some other boards for reinforcement. Continue reading 10 Family Activities for Spring & Summer
Family activities are a very important for keeping united, close and strong. What better time to take advantage of activities than in the Spring and Summer. With the sun shining warm and bright, the flowers blooming and pleasantness of nature, there is alway something to do inside or out.
Here’s a list of 15 activities to make your spice up your sunny season and bring everyone together to experience loads of fun.
1.) Go to a sports game – Whether it’s baseball or soccer or whatever else your family likes, a sports game can make for a fun way to ‘play’ together.’
2.) Take morning and evening walks – These are the best times for walking as they are they aren’t as hot as the middle of the day and can allow you to see things that you may not ordinarily see in the middle of the day.
3.) Sleep Outside – Sleepovers are cool but what’s cooler than sleeping outside? Get the wilderness experience by sleeping in an external habitat. Grab your flashlights, sleeping bags, and s’mores for the ultimate party outdoors.