Although still lots to do, these weekends in January can feel relatively quiet after the celebratory month of December. Add in the rainy weather, sickness and general let down from the holidays and if your family is anything like mine, you are all going bonkers inside the house.
We had one of these days on Friday. Fridays are generally our family day seeing as my toddler has PDO programs Monday through Thursday and my husband is a musician and works most weekends. We started the day lazily so after naps, we needed to get out.
My husband, the history buff, has been dying to go to the new Tennessee State Museum. I was dragging my feet because of preconceived notions that there would be crowds, bad parking, etc. etc. that makes me a curmudgeon. I couldn’t be more wrong!
We got there, parked right out front and strolled into a beautiful, quiet lobby. We, of course, went to the Children’s Gallery first which was a big open space with little activity corners. All new to my kid, she played there for an hour. We then headed upstairs for the main event. The swirling exhibit takes you on a timeline trip from it’s beginning until present day Tennessee. My toddler LOVED it. Bigger than life for her.
The best part? There was hardly anyone there. We basically had the place to ourselves.
Although I can’t promise this will be the case for you, even with more people, it will still be highly enjoyable! Second best part? Leave your car where it is and walk across the street for a fun dinner at the Farmer’s Market. And when I say “fun”, I mean my daughter’s choice of french fries and Jeni’s ice cream:)
Oh wait, did I mention it’s free?!