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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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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5 Vital And Helpful Tips I Live By When Packing For A Trip

Try and pack smarter, not harder.


If you are anything like me, you tend to overpack thinking you are being a great packer and being ready for any scenario that life may throw at you. Well, that is, unfortunately untrue, and I have learned that you are only doing more harm than good. Over the years, I have come up with five tips I always use when traveling and have been proven to work. You've heard of the five golden rules of life, and, well, these are the five golden rules/tips of packing.

1. Start with a packing list.

This is the best tip I could give to anyone else who is getting ready to travel. Making a list is very useful, especially when stressed about your travel. You will not forget anything because you have it all written down. A packing list is a great way to keep organized when packing.

2. Use space bags.

Now, this is a tip my dad lives by. Space bags are great when you are packing because it protects your clothes and makes room to put a lot in your suitcase. The crazy story of a time when my dad was traveling, and his friend's bag was soaked with the shampoo he brought on the plane. All his clothes and everything inside the suitcase was ruined. So always use space bags because you never know what could happen on the flight. You can buy a space bag here.

3. Pack the essentials first.

I will be honest and say that I do over-pack a lot. I use the line "just in case" as an excuse to pack my entire house. But I have learned that packing for "just in case" is a waste of time. When you first sit down to pack, lay out all your essentials. For example, clothes that you will wear during the trip. You will be surprised to see how effective it is.

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4. ALWAYS pack an extra outfit in your carry on.

This tip is one that I have been very grateful that I used. A while ago during my trip to Canada, my check-in bag was missing and delayed for multiple hours. Luckily I had an extra outfit to keep me fresh and not feel gross. It is always crucial to this in your carry on In case of emergencies such as your bag getting lost.

5. Put identification on your suitcase.

Everyone in the airport somehow tends to have the same black or red suitcase that you have, which only means confusing when you're trying to find your check-in bag. To quickly identify your suitcase, put a sticker, or tie a ribbon on the handle. You can easily pick up your suitcase and leave. This will prevent any sneaky people trying to steal or claim that your suitcase is theirs.

P.S.: Use a bright color ribbon or a different sticker. Also, tie the ribbon properly to make sure it's secured.

I live by these five packing tips every time I travel so I hope you can use them the next time you take a trip!

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