Memberships For Families

Memberships For Families

In the middle TN area.

As a parent of two littles, I am constantly trying to find family things to do. There are several sources I have checked out to see if any fun events are going on, such as the Rutherford “Parent” Magazine, my local mom group and most recently, the “Koddler” website. However, some of these things become mundane and boring because they are the same things over and over. So in attempt to overcome the boring usual, I have found several different memberships in the Middle TN area that are available.

The most popular and widely known membership is the Nashville Zoo in in Metro Nashville. They have several different yearly memberships available starting at $60 for a single adult for the year up to $600 for two named adults, four guests and eligible children. The zoo has over a dozen different exhibits, most open year round. The membership also gives you free parking, invites to member only events and also discounted admission to over 170 zoos and aquariums nationwide. There are other benefits that can be found on their website. There has been a lot of construction going on with the zoo renovation, so before purchasing your membership, I’d call to see what exhibits are open and which ones are not.

Another membership that isn’t as widely known is the Adventure Science Center located downtown Nashville, TN. Much like the zoo, there are several different yearly memberships available. They start at $49 for one adult and go up to $500 for one or two adults, all children or grandchildren in a single household and up to eight guests per visit. The museum has over thirteen permanent exhibits with temporary ones that rotate in and out depending on the season or special event. This is a very easy way to incorporate fun and education in the same visits. They have hands on exhibits and other fun things to do. There is also a Planetarium that have several shows throughout the day.

If you love all things water, one membership or pass to consider is Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort in Hermitage, TN. Their passes are only offered as $59.99 plus tax per person. Your season pass include free parking when you purchase four or more passes, unlimited admission during operating season and free admission to special events held on the property. The resort has a waterpark has eight different water slides, a lazy river, a water playground and much more.

If you’re in Rutherford County like me, there are memberships available within the county. One membership that could be fun for the whole family is Lucky Ladd Farms located in Eagleville, TN. While all other memberships are year around, this membership is only valid during their operating season which is April 14th through October 29th. Their membership, or season pass, includes free parking, unlimited admission during the season, pony rides and much more. Their season passes start at $32.50 per person and go up to $165.50 for two adults, three children and one guest. The farm has a petting zoo, pony rides, several attractions geared towards kids and different special events throughout the year. Check their website out for more information.

Much like the Adventure Science Museum, Rutherford County has its own hidden gem. The Discovery Center is located close to downtown Murfreesboro. This two level facility has many different fun and educating exhibits for all ages. In addition to their two levels of fun, they have nearly twenty acres of natural wetlands which have river others and other animals. While majority of their exhibits are permanent, they do have traveling exhibits throughout the year. Their yearly memberships start at $65 for one parent and child and up to $275 for two parents, four children, two grandparents, four grandchildren, one caregiver and two guests.

As you can see, there are several different memberships and passes available for families and families with young children. Depending on what type of things you are into, surely one of these will meet your needs. Whether you love animals or you love science, the middle TN area has a lot to offer. I would personally advise looking onto each of their websites to see what works best for you and possibly visiting at least once before deciding on a membership. It sure beats doing the same thing every week!

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.

Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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12 Things The West Coast And The East Coast Do Completely Different

Just a mountain girl living in a corn field world.


I am a California girl through and through, but I chose to move to Ohio for college. If I hadn't visited before, there would have been some major culture shock. You may ask yourself, how different can two places in the same country be? The answer: hella.

1. The weather

California is stereotyped as having no seasons and just being sunny all the time. While it's true that California is relatively warmer than most of the East Coast, we still have some seasons, especially in Northern California — there just isn't a strong distinction between fall and winter. When October came here in Ohio, I realized that I wasn't in NorCal anymore. There was snow and bitterly cold wind and there I was, coming out of my dorm with iced coffee, totally unprepared for the horrors I would face that day.

2. Attitudes

Since I first visited Ohio, I've noticed major differences in the way people act on the different coasts. Back in California, people are very laid back and typically don't care very much about what other people think of them. We tend to want more free time than work hours, and it's probably because we have so much we want to explore and enjoy. What's the point of having mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests surrounding you if you never have the time to explore them? A lot of people that I've met here in Ohio have the idea that Californians are lazy, and I think that reasoning comes from the fact that people in California like to get their work done as quickly as possible so that we can enjoy life.

Most East Coasters that I've met have a much stronger work ethic and are more assertive and direct. It was a big change for me when I went from having people talk nicely to your face to having people tell you like it is without an ounce of remorse, though I do admire how confident East Coasters appear to be.

3. Accents

Accents are funny things. To me, there is no California accent, especially where I live. The Californian accent is the one you are most likely to hear in a movie or TV show, so I never think anything of it until I hear a different accent.

I started noticing accents when I first visited Ohio, and more so now that I live here. Wash/washing/washer suddenly turned into "warsh/warshing/warsher." Cement turned into "seement." Milk is "melk." What's going on?

In addition to accents, there are some regional phrases that were a little confusing or odd to my West Coast ears the first time I heard them (and still to this day). This includes, but is not limited to pop (soda), supper (dinner), and a Davenport (sofa).

The West isn't innocent when it comes to silly phrases. Californians say things like hella, gnarly, and "I'm totally stoked!" and I'm sure people from the East would have a similar reaction to what I had when I was first introduced to the way they speak.

4. Dunkin vs. the world

On the West Coast, we have this magical little place called Dutch Brothers Coffee, or Dutch Bros for short. There are tons of flavor and drink options and friendly "broistas" to greet you and make your experience a happy one. They even offer dog treats for your fur baby can enjoy, too! Needless to say, I was disappointed when I moved out to Ohio and had to leave the ability to visit that little heaven behind. Here in Ohio, I have learned that Dunkin Donuts is the place to go. Personally, I believe that Dunkin is a tad bit overrated and doesn't have enough options, but I suppose if you like just flavored coffee (vanilla or caramel), it's a good spot. I also learned to never say anything negative about Dunkin or someone around you will ferociously defend it like it's their baby.

5. In-N-Out Burger

It is truly a tragedy that only the West Coast has the ability to enjoy this beautiful place.

6. Road trips

In California, if you drive for three (or five or even ten) hours, you can still be in the same state, which makes it difficult to fully enjoy the scenery if it's such an ordeal to get from point A to point B. Here, I've driven for three hours and been in another state, and six hours and I'm several states away already. It's amazing.

7. Clothing style

Fitting the stereotype, Californians tend to dress like we're going to the beach or taking a hike every day. If you have a group of us in a room, chances are that we will all be wearing shorts or board shorts, a loose shirt, and sandals of some kind. If we're not, we're dressing like we want to impress someone. During my time on the East Coast, I've noticed that people here tend to dress kind of preppy and more conservative than the West.

8. Manners

Maybe it's just a small town Ohio or a Midwest thing, but it seems like people here have more manners. People open doors for you, say please and thank you, stand when you enter the room and treat each other with respect. People in California, especially boys, do not even come close to that. They're not rude, just not as considerate.

9. Geography

In my hometown, there are mountains surrounding me, lots of trees, and multiple lakes. Even in the open farmland, you can see the mountains not too far off in the distance. On the East Coast, especially Ohio, it's all flat (with the exception of the Smokey Mountains). There are still trees, but not the kinds I see at home. The primary feature is corn fields.

10. Cost of living

$1.60 gas prices? That is amazing compared to the $3-4 prices that are so common on the West Coast. Prices in stores are lower, house prices are relatively lower, and lots more.

11. Venturing off

In talking to the friends I've made in Ohio, none of their future plans involve moving away from their home state, or from their coast. There's almost a hesitation to move out of that comfort zone. I understand not wanting to leave home. After college, I would love to move back west. But there's something about west coasters that makes them want to leave. Maybe it's a call for adventure, or wanting a taste of something new.

12. Old versus new

The East Coast feels very old and full of history. It was built longer ago than the western states, so that makes sense, but it seems as though some of the places have not been changed since the foundation was first laid 300 years ago. The West Coast has some spots that feel old, but it definitely feels more modern. Cities are newer, buildings are newer, things are constantly improving and being created.

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