Attractions for Kids in Nashville

The lively music scene attracts adults to Nashville, and the city also puts out the welcome mat for kids. Nashville is filled with entertaining attractions, including children's theaters and museums, amusement and water parks, an aquarium, and a zoo. After all the action, kids hopefully will be ready to sit down and enjoy a show at the Grand Ole Opry.With dozens of interactive exhibits, it's hard to know where to start at the Adventure Science Center. The Adventure Tower covers several scientific areas--in the Health and Energy section, you can take a trip through the human heart or try out the Skin Climbing Wall; in Creativity & Innovation, you can explore inside a guitar and play a piano with your feet. The center also features a planetarium, a medical display with a real ambulance, an outer-space simulation and an interactive exhibit showing daily obstacles facing the physically disabled.Adventure Science Center800 Fort Negley Blvd.Nashville, TN 37203(615) 862-5160adventuresci.comYou easily could spend all your time at the Nashville Zoo admiring animals and their habitats. You'll find amphibians including African clawed frogs and marine toads; birds such as Eastern screech owls and Toco toucans; mammals from red river hogs to white-cheeked gibbons; and reptiles such as American alligators and eyelash vipers. But leave time for the zoo's other activities, too. The shows are educational and interactive; the keeper talks describe what it's like to work with animals; and the jungle gym and carousel let kids swing and ride to their heart's content.Nashville Zoo3777 Nolensville RoadNashville, TN 37211(615) 833-1534nashvillezoo.orgFrom mid-May through early September, kids like to get all wet at Nashville Shores. This water park, located on J. Percy Priest Lake, features several water slides, climbing walls and water trampolines. Families also can enjoy boat cruises, banana boat rides, kayaks and jet skis. On land, you'll find attractions such as a treehouse playground, oversize sandbox, miniature golf course and areas for volleyball and basketball.Nashville Shores4001 Bell RoadHermitage, TN 37076(615) 889-7050nashvilleshores.comTake your kids to a live play designed just for them. The Nashville Children's Theatre performs plays such as "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "Charlotte's Web," "Miss Nelson Is Missing" and "The Diary of Anne Frank." The theater also offers camps for youngsters of different ages and abilities, and it hosts birthday parties that include signs, decorations, a party room and a birthday announcement from the stage.Nashville Children's Theatre25 Middleton St.Nashville, TN 37210(615) 254-9103nashvillechildrenstheatre.orgBarbara Dunlap is a freelance writer in Oregon. She was a garden editor at "The San Francisco Chronicle" and she currently specializes in travel and active lifestyle topics like golf and fitness. She received a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been a Knight Foundation Fellow.

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All Wooden Climbing Wall (with Interchangeable Wall Parts)
So it is very common to build climbing walls with wood, even in the big climbing halls normally the wall itself is made from plywood. much rarer is that everything is made from wood including the holds.The room in which we build the climbing wall is the common-room for a housing community of around a hundred and fifty people. we needed something that was functional, diverse, but also nice to look at, since the room is normally used for yoga. and those doing yoga they were very reluctant to the idea of a climbing wall with the typical look, a white wall, that gets dirty with time and has lots of coloured climbing holds on it.Another reason why we used wooden holds was that this way it is possible to climb barefoot. this way the many kids, but also those adults until now not into climbing can use the wall without the need of extra climbing shoes.After using the wall for almost half a year, we are really happy with our choice, so we would like to share the details here.So the first step is to decide where to put your wall. a couple of things to consider:a good wall doesn't necessarily have to be big, check out the moon board for example...its important to have enough space in front of the wall for fallingbuild a model!!!! I cannot stress this enough, it was a huge help for us. We made a model out of cardboard and made it to scale (1:10). It helped us decide on the construction, calculating material, visualization and so on. of course you could do this digitally, and that might be a good idea also, but I still think a cardboard model gives you a better understanding of structural weaknesses of your design.If you can, use corners, or as we had the possibility to do: put it into a kind of niche....this means that it is way easier to have a self reliant construction and overhang, meaning the wall can stand by itself and doesn't rely on the strength of the wall behind it.Some good examples can be found here, like this one: are a lot of instructables out there, but anyway, let me just say a couple of thing about the basics.1. Obviously you want a system where you can change holds to different positions. 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This way we can make panels with huge volumes on them or sculpture wooden panels in much greater detail than would be possible with just screw on holds.Another advantage is that we can easily replace parts of the wall, should they be damaged (or a t-nut is loose) and we can easily reach our construction behind the panels (and for example put lights behind it).The first thing we made where the straight parts on the sides of the wall. These were simply plywoodpanels cut to the right size and construction wood (8*6cm) which was attached to the wall. Then we made two Elements that make up the lower part of our main wall, which is also straight, because we didn´t want to "steal" any space from the yoga people, so our wall starts of straight and then tilts at about 1.4m height.We also prepared all of our 1m-panels. for this we made one template with holes in rows of four and five, each row 10cm apart and each hole in one row 20cm apart. also we added eight holes for the panels later to be attached on the elements (these holes do not get T-Nuts!) When the template was ready we drilled through the template into the other boards.When we had installed the sides, we put one large 12*14cm beam across, that gives the profile elements something to "lean against"This is how we made the main elements:Each Element consist of two sidepanals, construction wood that is clued to the profiled side of the side panels and front parts that are positioned so that two 1m*1m panels fit in between.First we cut out the sidepanels. we used one sheet of plywood (2.5m*1.25m) for four sidepanels, but you could do this anyway you wand. what is important in our design is that the bottom and top they meet again.In order to be able to put holds on these panels we made holes in them as well and put t-nuts in.Then we glued 6*6cm construction wood to the sidepanels. wehn the sides were ready we clamped our 1m*1m panels on to them so that they had the corect distance and then "filed" the space around the panels with woodstrips. 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There's Plenty of Fun for Non-skiers
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Hundreds of Parents Demand Refunds From Absolutely Awful' Fortnite Festival in Norwich
Hundreds of parents have demanded refunds after visiting a Fortnite festival that was branded "absolutely awful".Visitors to the two-day Fortnite Live event at Norfolk showground near Norfolk were forced to queue for hours to enter the site on Saturday.And once inside, parents said the computer game-themed event was a "shambles", with depressing attractions and a shortage of staff.Organisers Exciting Events had billed the festival as the "ultimate Fortnite Battle Royale" with "crazy competitions, awesome activities... and much more".Visitors were charged up to £22 for a ticket and a further £20 each for wristbands to take part in the attractions.Justine Petersen, 44, from Bradwell, Norfolk, travelled 25 miles to the event with husband Martin and their nine-year-old son Richard, after paying about £40 for tickets.She said: "We queued for about 45 minutes to get through the gates, then joined another queue to get wristbands."After having waited another hour, the family decided to walk around to see what was on offer.MORE: 'Killer' illegal car seats on sale for just £8 on eBay and Amazon MORE: 27-year-old appears in court accused of killing three pensionersShe said: "There was a climbing wall that could only fit about four kids on it, the sort of thing you would only see at a school fete."Another attraction included on an itinerary handed to families was the "Cave Experience".Mrs Petersen said: "It was some sort of truck with a tarpaulin over the sides, then they had stuck a grey plastic slide on the back."It wasn't even slippery. The kids were using their arms to push themselves down it."In front of that there was a merchandise stall. There were baseball caps with cannabis leaf logos on them."She added: "We then went to the main building. There was a big inflatable llama with a crowd barrier around it, pushed against a wall."The main stage where they were meant to be having a dance competition was tiny."Mrs Petersen said there was also a "Dusty Diner", a location from the game where players can collect resources.She said: "It was two or three tables and a couple of ladies with tea urns and they had three or four cakes in front of them."Everything had a massive queue. There were thousands of people and only about six things to do."The disappointed family left within an hour.Mrs Petersen said: "There were children upset everywhere. There was not a single person who seemed to be happy about what they saw. It was horrendous."@EDP24 fortnite live event. 1 climbing wall between 3000 children. 4 go karts between the same amount, nobody dressed up as characters, people still queuing 2hrs after gates open. Absolutely awful #fortnite #fortnitelive pic.twitter.com/D8laYvzbpG- #OfficalMarcSmith (@marc0835) February 16, 2019Liam Buddle, 32, went with his three sons Tyler, nine, Riley, six, and Dylan, also aged six.The father-of-three said he paid £67.50 for tickets and a further £15 on tokens that could be used for the activities.The supermarket manager from Norwich said: "For me, the big disappointment was the lack of entertainment and the dreary look of the place."There was really nothing to do there and the things that were were there were of a poor standard for the money we spent."A lot of things were either not open or just completely not there. My children love Fortnite and after half an hour they were disappointed and wanted to leave."Event organiser Shaun Lord said the long queues were a result of staffing issues and claimed it had been a "fantastic show".Writing on their Facebook page, the organisers said that "so many happy children have enjoyed a great day at Fortnite Live Norwich today".They added: "However, these happy visitors have been accompanied by a mixed bag of feedback with the queues wearing thin on some visitor's patience and we sincerely apologise to those visitors who gave feedback regarding the queues."
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Climbing: Dizzy Heights
As long as you can stand to watch them do it, climbing is excellent for their development, encouraging strength, flexibility, agility, co-ordination and balance, as well as problem-solving skills and confidence. Indoor or outdoor rock climbing can become a satisfying hobby or a serious competitive sport. There's recreational and competitive indoor climbing ("sport climbing") , outdoor rock climbing, bouldering and mountaineering. Children as young as two or three can start to climb indoors using automatic belay systems (meaning their weight is constantly being held without someone having to hold the other end of the rope, and they are lowered gently to the ground if they slip or let go). After honing their skills on indoor walls, many teens and adults then take on climbing in the great outdoors.Sport climbing (indoors) David Sanders, secretary of the national sport-climbing association Climbing New Zealand, says this international sport utilises all the skills and movements of outdoor rock climbing, but in a controlled environment - usually an indoor wall. In competition, climbers take on set routes which are designed to test their skills and techniques. Sanders says the sport attracts a lot of young climbers in their teens, with most competitors aged between 12 and 18. Sanders says for those starting out there is a "fear factor" to be overcome, "but once you know you're safe and can overcome that - you're tied on the whole time, and you not going to fall and hit the ground - you can start doing really dynamic moves. You can become tremendously confident, being in a situation which you thought was really scary, but now becomes really comfortable." Sanders says this confidence boost is a real plus for young climbers. "It's not all about brute strength and pulling yourself up with your arms - most of the power comes from your leg muscles. There are a lot of girls who are into the sport." It's also relatively cheap to get involved in, compared to other sports, requiring very little gear. For those who have been bitten by the climbing bug, the Auckland Sport Climbing Club runs development squads for young climbers, at Extreme Edge in Panmure and the Auckland Council's indoor rock climbing wall at the Birkenhead Pool and Leisure Centre. Chris Gatland of the Auckland Sport Climbing Club says while sport climbing is an adrenaline sport to a certain extent, in the same category as surfing, BMXing and skateboarding, "People do it because they get a buzz doing it, but also because they can do it with friends as a social thing. There is a strong social bond between climbers that holds them together."Outdoor rock climbing Many climbers get a taste of the sport indoors then want to use their skills in the great outdoors. "As they get older, we see young people getting more interested in outdoor climbing and spending less time in the gym," Gatland says. The New Zealand Alpine Club focuses on outdoor rock climbing, mountaineering and back-country adventures, with up to 500 members in Auckland alone. NZAC general manager Sam Newton says indoor climbing is a good base before starting outdoors, as it is convenient, weather-proof and relatively inexpensive for urban families, "plus the improvement is really quick. Within one or two weeks a child or teen will make really rapid progress." NZAC runs an annual youth camp (next year's event is in January, at Takaka in Golden Bay), plus coaching and social events. The Auckland section runs rock climbing courses for adults at the Mt Eden Quarry, on the grounds of Auckland Grammar School, for beginners and those who have climbed before and want to improve their skills. The club meets on the second Monday of each month in Mt Eden, and organises events and outings for adult climbers and families.Extreme Edge The main indoor climbing venue in Auckland is Extreme Edge, with centres in Panmure and Glen Eden (there is also a branch in Hamilton). Younger kids can get free-climbing, serious can join the Rockhoppers programme, run at each of the three Extreme Edge locations. Extreme Edge Panmure duty manager Paul Ware says children six or over who can successfully complete a top-roped climb at grade 10 ("very easy") or higher can join the beginners' group. "Once they have mastered basic climbing technique and safety procedures, they can then learn to lead climb, and once basic lead climbing competency is attained then they can move up to the Super Hoppers class," Ware says. Courses are run each term, and spots fill up fast. "Children are naturally adventurous and enjoy physical activity. Climbing is both a great outlet for an adventurous spirit and a tool for children to come to understand the extent of their physical and mental capacity," Ware says. "After becoming used to the adventure and the physicality, the ability to measure progress and development with precision via the difficulty-grading system we have keeps people challenged and focused throughout childhood and into adulthood."Indoors • There are indoor climbing walls at the Birkenhead Pool and Leisure Centre on the North Shore, as well as the large Extreme Edge gyms at Panmure and Glen Eden (there is also an Extreme Edge centre in Hamilton). Clip'N'Climb on Dominion Rd also has a range of automatic belay climbing walls. • In Rotorua you can get climbing at The Wall in Hinemoa St, or in Tauranga at The Rock House in Mt Maunganui.Outdoors • The main venue for outdoor rock climbing in Auckland is the Mt Eden quarry. Access is managed by the Auckland section of the New Zealand Alpine Club (see aucklandclimber.org.nz/quarry). • In the Waikato, the most popular climbing areas are at Wharepapa South, east of Otorohanga (CastleRock and Froggatt Edge), with bouldering opportunities at Waitomo. • Whanganui Bay on the shores of Lake Taupo is another popular spot. • Mangaokewa, south of Te Kuiti, also offers good climbing on a limestone outcrop. • Auckland Sport Climbing Club: aucklandclimbing.co.nz. Open day: Sunday, December 13, Extreme Edge Panmure; squad trials Sunday, December 6. • Climbing New Zealand (national sport climbing association): climbing.org.nz • Extreme Edge: centres at Panmure (40c Morrin Rd, climbing walls, automatic belay ClimbZone and Adventureland children's playground), Glen Eden (5 Waikaukau Rd, climbing walls and ClimbZone) and Hamilton (90 Greenwood St, Frankton, climbing walls and ClimbZone). extremeedge.co.nz • Clip 'n' Climb, 610 Dominion Rd, Balmoral, clipnclimb-auckland.co.nz • Birkenhead Pool and Leisure Centre, 46 Mahara Ave, Birkenhead. Indoor climbing wall and sport climbing classes for 11-17-year-olds. aucklandleisure.co.nz • New Zealand Alpine Club, Auckland section: aucklandclimber.org.nz • New Zealand Alpine Club: outdoor rock climbing, mountaineering and back-country adventures. alpineclub.org.nz
2021 07 10
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