Fun Family Activities in Nashville on Mother’s Day

There are plenty of activities around Nashville for families on a budget on Mother’s Day weekend 2011 (May 6-8).

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts offers free live music in the Grand Lobby every Thursday and Friday. On Friday May 6 the musical guest is Tennessean artist Matt Urmy. A concert is a great way for mom to sit back and relax while still having a good time hanging out with the kids.

The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) will be holding the 40th Annual TACA Spring Craft Fair from Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8 in Centennial Park . Close to 200 artists will demonstrate a wide array of crafts from start to finish. There are also a variety of fun projects for children located in the TACA Kid’s Tent, so it is great for mothers who want to spend the weekend enjoying motherhood with their families.

The Tennessee State Museum , located in the lower level of the James K. Polk Cultural Center, is showing the Egyptian Relics, Replicas & Revivals: Treasures from Tutankhamun exhibit. The museum is open until 5 pm everyday and there is no admission fee for the King Tut exhibit. On loan from the University of Memphis the exhibit includes hundreds of items, real artifacts and replicas. If mom can’t travel for Mothers Day, this exhibit brings far off places to her. Egyptian art has something interesting for almost any age, so bringing the kids is no problem.

The last day to see the free exhibit “Spirit of the River: Perspectives on the Nashville Flood” at the Metro Arts Gallery sponsored by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission is Friday, May 6. The show features works in various mediums by a multitude of local artists, all dedicated to the disastrous flood that swept across Middle Tennessee in May 2010. Art is a good way for a parent to explore the topic of disaster with children, without overwhelming them, or it can be enjoyed for its own sake while teaching parents and children alike about their home state.

Scarritt Bennett is hosting “The Contemporary Frequency: Women in Today’s Arts” in gallery F. This exhibit includes the work of six different female artists and includes paint, video and sound installations, as well as paintings and photographs. What better way to celebrate mom than with such a pro-woman event?

On Saturday at the Frist, meet in the Grand Lobby for a free guided Architectural Tour. The museum is located in the building that once housed the Nashville Post Office and the tour explores its rich history and design. Great for any mother who is interested in history, architecture or guided tours.

In addition to its other ongoing exhibits, Cheekwood will be having two special events on Saturday, May 7. One is “TRAINS!” in honor of National Train Day, in which patrons can create their own artwork inspired by trains. The other is the “Herb Garden Tour,” where a member of the Herb Society of Nashville will speak in the Cheekwood Herb Garden about the many uses of herbs in food, medicine, science and even art. A nice talk for any mother with an herb garden of her own or an interest in history or science.

On Sunday May 8, the Frist will have the final performance in their “Jazz on the Move” series, featuring the music of Lester Young, performed by Denis Solee and the NJW All-stars. The show begins at 3 pm in the auditorium. Attendees may visit the concert and other Frist exhibits for free, according to the event page. This is a perfect time for a family to take in some music together and get to enjoy the museum afterward.