We live in a small suburb of Nashville, Tennessee called Nolensville. We don’t even officially have a grocery store in our town, but we are near a lot of them. There’s plenty to do within a twenty minute drive, but we still get to enjoy the small town feel! We love it here and have been here almost two years. As a stay-at-home momma with an almost three year old, I’ve scoped out the closest places to take my toddler. Here are my Top Five Places for Toddlers Near Nolensville, Tennessee. Note: These do not include parks, as I plan to publish a separate post about the Top Five Parks Near Nolensville, Tennessee as well.
5. MPact Sports My Little Play Time, Franklin, Tennessee
This is a special time for children 5 and under. Parents assist your children with open play for kids. No reservations needed, so just drop in and jump, climb, flip and play. A whole gym to jump on trampolines and tumble trak, obstacle courses, balance beams, and a huge foam pit to play in! $5.00/child. Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 – 11:00 AM at time of publishing. Find out more information here.
4. Let it Shine Gymnastics Preschool Open Play, Franklin, Tennessee
Let it Shine Gymnastics opens their doors for Preschool Open Play for ages 1-5 two days a week. At time of publishing, on Wednesdays from 9:00 – 10:30 AM for Inflatable Open Play in the Tumble Gym and on Fridays from 9:00 – 10:30 in the Main Gym. Let it Shine has lots of trampolines, balance beams, parallel bars, uneven bars and a foam pit for your children to explore in. Be prepared to remove your shoes and play along with your children. If you bring cash or check, it is $8.00/child and $10.00/child if you pay with a credit card. They do have a package price available. Find out more information here.
3. Monkey’s Treehouse, Brentwood, Tenneessee
This fantastic indoor playground is perfect for ages 0 – 8 years old! It’s a great spot for a casual play date or a birthday party! It is an indoor, enclosed play area with a multi-level treehouse for your child to explore. There are also lots of toys such as doll houses and train tables throughout the room for your children to occupy their time. There is a special toddler area for 2 and under with lots of soft blocks for them to stay busy and still be able to see the big kids play in the treehouse. They have several pricing/membership options, but you can visit for open play for $9.00/child. Just be sure and check out the hours before you go. Find out more information here.
2. The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, Murfreesboro, Tenneessee
The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring might be my sons favorite place to visit. Just about a thirty minute drive from downtown Nolensville, Discovery Center is sure to please for children of all ages! There are lots of educational programs offered throughout the week and exhibits change regularly. There is a great area in the Tiny Town that is perfect for those children that aren’t yet walking with lots of foam blocks and mats to crawl around on. Also, Tiny Town has a great treehouse and playrooms for smaller children to learn.
My son loves the water stream he can play and splash in (water-proof aprons provided) and the farmers market. He loves to see the turtles and dig for fossils in the rocks. He also loves to go upstairs and play with the large train tables and see the electric train run. He hasn’t discovered the two story slide yet, but when he does I will have trouble getting him off of it. There is an area outside for you to enjoy a picnic lunch you brought with you and a small shop with toys and gifts. There is also an outdoor play area, but we haven’t made it there yet.
I can’t recommend The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring more to you. There’s a reason it’s on the top of my list and totally worth the drive from Nolensville. For more information check it out here.
1. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
I can’t believe that the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is only a 25 minute drive from Nolensville! I am so thankful! We love the zoo and visit regularly with our annual membership. The number one question I see online is “is the membership worth it?” YES, yes it is!
I have been to several zoos around the country and I love how beautiful the Nashville Zoo is and how shady it is! My son loves all of the monkeys and bears and getting to pet kangaroos! There is a great petting zoo area with tortoises, goats and alpacas! My son loves visiting the Farm at Grassmere! The Carousel and Train are great ride options for the little ones and there is a very large “Jungle Gym” play area for the kiddos to run off some extra energy. While there are lots of yummy food options at the zoo, I do recommend packing a picnic lunch to take with you and find a shady spot to eat together.
I also recommend arriving just before 9:00 AM so you can be among the first to enter and start the fun! The crowds are typically smaller first thing in the morning. To find out more information, visit here.