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.
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.
The Tennessee Respite Coalition (TRC) works with family caregivers across the state of Tennessee to help provide them with short-term, temporary relief from their duties caring for adults or children with disabilities or special needs. Temporary relief can enable caregivers to satisfy their own needs and get a much-needed break from the demands of providing ongoing care.
TRC assists caregivers who look after individuals of any age, and allows them to choose their own respite provider. While their loved ones are cared for, caregivers may engage in a variety of activities, from taking a trip to spending time with other family members and catching up on other errands such as grocery shopping. In the past year, TRC has provided more than 200 families across the state of Tennessee with access to respite services.
Tennessee Family Solutions Inc. (TFS) provides a full-time care facility and support services for people with severe developmental disabilities. People living at TFS stay in small groups in duplexes or neighborhood-style homes with staff members living next door. Its staff members employ the teaching-family model, which focuses on maintaining dignity and respect. In addition to a range of health-support services and 24/7 care, the facility provides clients with individual daily schedules, the ability to self-determine their activities, and a family-style atmosphere. It also organizes trips and activities for residents to venture outside its boundaries to parks, performances, and sporting events.