By Catherine Royka
Take full advantage of your time off this summer, because there are dozens and dozens of ways to enjoy all there is to do around Sumner County and Middle Tennessee. Whether you are booking camps for the kiddos or planning some family or friend trips, you won’t run out of activities. For additional outings and events around Sumner County, visit yoursumner.com.
Children of all ages can explore the gardens this summer, make masterpieces and enjoy the great outdoors for week-long camps the months of June and July. Camp series to choose from include “Cheekwood Fit” which encourages activities that promote an active and healthy lifestyle, “Adventure Cheekwood” and “Clay Fundamentals” to name a few. If you are a member of Cheekwood on the Household or Society level, you can receive a discount on camp admission. Sign your kiddos up online at cheekwood.org.
Junior Master Gardner Camp
The week of June 5-June 9, the staff from Goodlettsville Parks and Recreation and volunteers from the Sumner County Master Gardeners have teamed up to bring this Junior Master camp together for rising third, fourth and fifth graders. The camp is taking place at Historic Mansker’s Station in Goodlettsville. This program engages children in “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that provide a love for gardening and develop an appreciation for the environment. Camp takes places from 9am-12pm, Monday through Friday. For additional information, visit cityofgoodlettsville.com.
Hendersonville Arts Council
For children that want to learn more about the arts and expand on their imagination, the Hendersonville Arts Council has a series of various camps to channel creativity. During the months of June and July, children ages six and older will work with a variety of mediums for art projects such as print making, creating short films, fabric design, glass painting and much more. Camps are weekly throughout the two months and are typically from 9am-12pm, with the exception of 9am-3pm for film camp. There is an opportunity to drop your child off at 8am if needed. For more information on the summer art programs, visit hendersonvillearts.org.
YMCA of Sumner County
The YMCA of Sumner County provides a variety of week-long camps starting at the end of May, running through early August. Their range of camp programming includes sports camps, summer learning programs, outdoor adventures and camps for the little ones. Some of the camps include “Critters and Creatures,” “Carnival Camp,” “Splash Camp” and “Jurassic Adventure.” For camp information and availability, visit ymcamidtn.org/summer-camp/sumner.
Hendersonville Performing Arts Center
The Hendersonville Performing Arts Center is hosting two summer programs this year, Peter Pan Jr. and Footloose. The summer programs will include classes on audition skills, character development, monologue presentation prep, theatre craft, costuming and make-up. Following the end of camp, they will perform for the public. The Peter Pan Jr. program is full, but you can call to be placed on the waiting list and can see the performances July 14-16. Auditions for the summer camp program for Footloose is June 27 at 7pm. Camp dates are July 17-28 from 9am-3pm. For more information on signing up for the Footloose program or being added to the Peter Pan Jr. waitlist, visit hpactn.com.
Vol State Community College – STEAM Week
Curiosity, creativity and innovation come alive at STEAM Week, with campers engaging, innovating, building, experimenting, painting, composing and performing. Campers will work with their peers and educators with backgrounds in engineering, science and the arts, and learn more about those fields of study. The limit for the camp is twenty-five students, so sign-up as soon as you can! Children ages five through twelve are welcome to attend this camp from 9am-3pm. To register and learn more information, visit campstem.us/register/.
Visit a Museum. The Adventure Science Center has year-round exhibits for children of all ages, but also offers the Little Labs program for ages three to five to participate in lab activities and crafts and the Space Chase for older children, where you can feel what it’s like to walk on the moon. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents a bundle of different of exhibits throughout the year. Take the children to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery for a colorful interactive space with various hands-on stations, where one can sketch, paint and make prints and collages. Children under age eighteen can visit the museum for free.
Visit a Historical Site. Middle Tennessee is so rich in history, do not pass off the many historical sites and venues around the area we are fortunate to visit. Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage is located north of Nashville, and they offer home tours and various events throughout the year. One of the most well-known battles from the Civil War was fought in Middle Tennessee. Take a visit to Carnton Plantation, in Franklin, and take a tour.
See a Performance. If you are looking for an indoor activity this summer, see a play or musical performance at one of the many theaters and performance halls. There are always endless shows at the Nashville Children’s Theatre, HPAC, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and TPAC.
See a Movie. Support local businesses and check out one of our local theaters like The Palace Theatre or The Belcourt Theater in Nashville for a movie.
Get Outside. You can’t go wrong with outdoor activities here throughout the summer, between hikes, zip lining adventures, kayaking and canoeing, swimming at the lake… how will you fit in all the activities?! Try out Adventureworks Zipline Forest in Whites Creek for a canopy tree top zip line tour or the aerial challenge high ropes course.
Take a Dip. Go for a swim at one of the many local lakes like Percy Priest Lake or Old Hickory Lake. Many of these locations have plenty of space for lounging on the beach area or grills and picnic tables for cooking out with friends and family.