Children | Teens
September 13, 2016

4 inexpensive Nashville staycation ideas for fall break


From pumpkin patches to movies under the stars, we’ve got autumn activities to suit the whole family.


The kids are busier than ever with school activities and homework. But then fall break blows in, and you’re left scrambling to figure out ways to entertain them that won’t leave your bank account as bare as the tree branches in winter. Don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of fun, wallet-friendly things to do in Nashville or nearby that involve little prep and planning. In fact, you can do them all. Fall Break 2016 for Nashville Public Schools is Oct. 3 to 7. Enjoy!

Scarecrows, trains, and pumpkins? Oh my!

Cheekwood Harvest celebrates autumn with its epic scarecrow collection in the Turner Seasons Garden. Flower enthusiasts, young and old, will love the Robertson Ellis Color Garden featuring a mum explosion with more than 5,000 chrysanthemums. A model train display and a pumpkin patch round out the six-week event that begins Sept. 17.

Go explore

Got a rainy day? Missing the pool? Take your little explorers to the Adventure Science Center. The center’s permanent exhibit, Destination Exploration, is fun for little ones and will reopen with new, fun activities on Sept. 25.

Be a-mazed

Lucky Ladd Farms in Eagleville is the place to go to explore the twists and turns of a corn maze. Actually, the farm makes its maze out of sorghum because it’s more drought tolerant and allows for plenty of paths in smaller spaces. Complete the Corn Maze Master Challenge — in which you must locate six hidden checkpoints in the maze — to enter to win an iPad Mini. The Corn Maze Master Challenge opens Sept. 14.

Get hooked

Want an evening out with the kids? Grab a blanket and head to the Shelby Park Picture Show in east Nashville. The Oct. 5 movie is Hook, the 1991 classic starring Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams and Bob Hoskins. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. on Field 2. No dogs or outside food or drinks allowed.

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