Angels Stop N Play’s activity-packed playscapes unfurl before giddy kids in a spacious safety-first environment during hourly childcare services and birthday parties. Themed birthdays at the amusement emporium surround gleeful cadres with cake, games, and face painting, allowing guests-of-honor to focus on more important revelry such as playing with friends and re-enacting their favorite scenes from MAS*H on a jungle gym. Alternatively, the facility’s extensive childcare hours—including staying open until midnight on Friday and Saturday—free up parents to hit the town while tots play under the watchful eye of the CPR- and first-aid-certified staff. Kids leap imagination-first into activities designed to advance social and cognitive development, or can kick back while watching a movie, playing video games, and translating Dr. Seuss stories into Pig Latin.
Dance Theatre of Tennessee trains students in the art of dance and dazzles audiences with world-class performances. "Swan Lake – At 75: A Tribute to Elaine Thomas" honors Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s artistic director, who has served as coach, choreographer, and ballet mistress to prominent companies around the world. Audiences aim their eyes at the stage as guest artists from Ballet West, Pennsylvania Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, and The Australian Ballet celebrate Elaine’s career with accolades and ritual burnings of DDR games. The tribute culminates in a spectacular staging of act 2 of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, Swan Lake.
The Holiday Market stuffs 40,000 square feet of the Nashville Convention Center with clothing, accessories, housewares, and gourmet food for sale. With merchants such as Gilchrist & Gilchrist Vintage Living, Cathy’s Antiques, or Emily G’s on hand, visitors can quickly browse a broad selection of stores without having to roller-skate through a mall. At the Girls’ Night Out event, guests peruse curated goods such as vintage jewelry and specialty desserts while listening to music and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres. Those attending the morning-preview event can bet in silent auctions or fill fists with discounted items while noshing on light breakfast fare. Morning shoppers also enjoy complimentary valet parking and gift-wrapping of purchases or any shopping companions finding it difficult to get into the holiday spirit. Each of the market events benefits charities backed by the Junior League of Nashville, an organization that promotes projects aimed at enriching the lives of children, women, and families.
The Shopping Bag is a non-profit thrift store that relies on generous donations. All profits benefit Bethlehem Centers of Nashville, an organization dedicated to helping men, women, children, and low-income families find stable footing. The friendly staff makes everyone feel welcome, making for an excellent experience!
The most "peaceful" time of year often ends up being the most stressful—especially if your holiday plans involve a stop at the Nashville International Airport or if Grandma challenges you to a duel. Today’s deal smooths out your trip with a little Entourage treatment: for $50, you’ll get private SUV transport to or from the airport from Always Precious Cargo Limousine Services (a $108 value). Each SUV accommodates six riders—perfect for the average family or traveling bowling team. One six-person carload is cheaper than two cabs, and it saves hours of arguing about who will ride with whom. And because tax and gratuity are already included, you can skip the awkward “Ahem…” moment followed by thumb-to-finger rubbing that ends so many vacations.
Without transcendent classical music, Nashville's top cultural event would be a polka band performing a 58-minute "Yakety Sax" jam session instead of today's Groupon to the Nashville Symphony. For $30, you get one ticket to see Thibaudet Returns at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Concerts take place on Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m. and April 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. All seating is in the $75 orchestra level.