Our first full day in the city turned out to be cold and wet. Definitely not the kind of weather to walk around downtown. So, I loaded the kids in the SUV and headed to Opry Mills. We walked the mall and then made our way to the movie theater. I treated the children to The Croods. It was a cute little movie and held their attention. A perfect indoor treat for a gloomy day.
|Stopping to look at the Aquarium in Opry Mills.|
|Riding the carousel at Opry Mills.|
We finished out the day at the indoor pool and dinner with Hubby. Dinner was especially delightful for the children. We went to Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. The children love the keyboard staircase and gravitated right to it, as we waited for a table. To top off the dining experience, Life Guard came out to make balloon hats for everyone.
|Playing the piano stairs.|
|Live music at Margaritaville.|
|Life Guard posing behind Little Man.|
|Butterfly balloon hat|
|Shark fin hat|
We spent the next day basking in the sun at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. We enjoyed the zoo's animal presentation about local Tennessee wildlife and the children played at the Jungle Gym. When we got back to the hotel, we found it to be invaded by hoards of cheerleaders in town for a competition. There went a quiet, peaceful, and relaxing trip! We dined at The National Underground for dinner.
|Local Critters of Tennessee show at the zoo.|
|Corn snake aka red rat snake|
|Jungle Gym tree house at the zoo|
|Trying to climb the ladder.|
|Eating at The National Underground.|
|Live music at The National Underground.|
On Saturday, I took the children to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. The children enjoyed following the different paths and listening to a jazz quartet. We discovered a very large treehouse that they thought would be perfect in our backyard. We then stumbled upon a model train exhibit. I thought that it would be cool to have one in our yard. Little Man was very impressed with the stone garden house. We made our way to the art building. The children made animals from clay and various art supplies. Then we headed up stairs to try weaving rope and making tree shadows.
|Listening to the jazz quartet beyond the arbor.|
|Cool tree house|
|Garden shed with thatched roof|
|Walking along the garden path.|
|Model garden train|
|Time to make critters!|
|Interactive I-spy exhibit|
|Drawing a tree.|
|Finished tree shadow.|
|Cheekwood mansion and art museum|
|Japanese Zen Garden|
|One of the ponds|
|Relaxing on the lawn.|
|Looking at minnows.|
|Climbing the rocks at the ponds.|
|A turtle has been found!|