This is a large bowling center that has plenty of lanes and areas just for kids. There is an large arcade and party rooms for birthday parties. It is generally clean, but can be really smokey. They have league bowling at night, and are open most days of the week. I have been there for birthday parties and my sone always had a good time. The arcade is usually a bigger hit than the bowling. It can be crowded, lots families come here, especially on saturdays.
With so many of the skating rinks closing, there aren't many places to take your kids to skate. Mt Juliet skate is still a nice place. It is clean and seems to be safe. It is generally well maintained. I have taken my kids here for birthday parties, and the kids had a great time! They have a snack bar for sodas and goodies, and plenty of skate sizes. They are open all year round. I wish we lived closer, but the kids really don't mind the drive because they love this place!
This is a putt-putt golf and go kart place to take your kids. I have taken my son and his friends there, and they have had a great time! The golf is fun and not too difficult, and the go karts are in pretty good condition and seem to be safe. There is a large arcade room and they offer a snack bar for food. It is open most of the year. I like this place...there is much in the Donelson are for the kids, so this is nice.
This is a fun mystery dinner theater where the food isn't bad but the acting is! It is meant to be fun and campy, and the actors interact with the audience. There are different rooms, and the actors go to each room and do their routine. They sing songs and give you clues for the mystery. The table that figures out the identity of the murderer first gets a prize. My famliy went, and we had a good time. The acting is so-so, but it's all in fun.
This is a great place for kids and adults. They have Ice skating for the public and offer teams and classes, they have indoor diving and swimming and offer teams and classes, and have all other health club type stuff. Indoor/outdoor tennis, aerobics, weight room, and everything else you could think of. The facilites are clean and well maintained. You can get a day use pass or a membership. It is definately one of the nicest places in Nashville to excercise.
Laser Quest has a nice big laser tag area. They are very popular with kids and teens. They have lock-ins, where you drop off your teen, and they lock the door and noone is allowed out until 6am. My son has been to a ouple lock ins and had a blast. They played laser tag all nite and ate junk food and sodas from the machines. He and his friends were exhausted the next morning, but I never worried about their safety. The staff is very responsible. They also have a room for birthday parties.
NCT is a Nashville instition. They have undergone some name changes over the years, but has stayed essentially the same. They offer quality, fun, children's plays most of the year. Schools bring their classes, parents bring their kids and enjoy the plays. During the summer, they also offer drama classes for children. THe building has an old charm to it, even thougth it's a modern building. I enjoyed plays here as a child, and so did my son.
If you like wave pools, this is a nice one. It is small compared to some pools, but it is generally well maintained and the facilities are clean. There is a water slide and picnic area. You can bring in your own drinks and cooler and have lunch there. There are floats and mats for rent for a small price. During the summer when it's open, it can be really crowded. It is in a park that has a nice playground and a skate park area for roller bladers and skate boarders. There is an entrance fee for the pool.
This is a really cute store. They have everything you could need if you sew or embroider. They sell lovely christening outfits and will help you make your own. They have classes and demonstrations for all types and aspects of sewing. This store has been in Donelson for some time, and I cannot imagine what people who sew or knit would do without it. THe ladies who run it are so nice and helpful, and the store is well stocked with all sorts of things for knitting, sewing or any type of emroidering.
Tooney's just opened recently, and is having sales and giveaways to attract customers. It seems to be a nice new all season garden center. They have nice potted plants, like mums, and other fall plants. They have some deorative seasonal items, and are starting to get in Christmas things. The staff seems nice. I am glad to see someone move in to this space. I used to really like the garden store that used to be here.