Unplugged

By Becca George

In our digital age, kids are becoming more and more tech savvy. While technology is a wonderful tool, there are so many benefits to unplugging from a screen and plugging into creative or active extracurriculars. If you have been worried that your child spends a little too much time with eyes glued to a screen, be it a smart phone, computer, tablet or the TV, then you’re going to want to read this article, stock full of resources right here at home! Murfreesboro has many options for children to tap into nature, sports or the arts.


Sports

LPG Sports Academy

LPG Sports Academy is geared toward children ages two to five to help them learn sport skills in a fun and nurturing environment.  They offer classes on Saturday mornings for baseball, soccer and multisport foundational skills.  Their classes meet weekly and provide all the equipment needed to get your child started toward a heathy sports career.     
Eileen Yin
615-716-2177
Located at Six1Five Sports
www.lpgsportsnashville.com

Six1Five Sports

Six1Five Sports Training is a training program that begins with the end result in mind. They believe that athletes should have access to professional training facilities that will allow them to progress in their sport. They offer an indoor artificial turf facility and focus on sport specific skills for training in baseball, softball, football and soccer. They work to improve athletes through evaluation and documenting benchmarks along the way.
2303 South Church Street
David Ramsey, 615-418-0612
www.615sportstraining.com

Old Fort Golf

Hitting the links is a wonderful way to spend outdoor time as a family while gaining valuable skills on the golf course.  The Jex Wilson VIP Junior Golf Academy at Old Fort uses a holistic approach to help improve not only a student’s performance but their mind, body and technique. They provide instruction and learning for all skill levels and help children obtain their golfing goals. Old Fort Golf course also offers a wonderful opportunity to get out on the course and play a round of golf with your kids.
Jex Wilson
jexpga@aol.com
www.oldfortgolfclub.com

Bill Taylor Bushido

Martial arts is a wonderful way to give kids a sense of focus and discipline. It can help children improve their focus in school, help with issues with bullies, improve ADD and ADHD, and build respect for themselves and others. Bill Taylor Bushido Karate School offers classes that are not only a wonderful way to stay healthy but are also encouraging for growth and development. Their classes include kids and adult martial arts and cardio kickboxing. In addition to classes they offer a summer camp that blends fun with life lessons, fitness and self-defense skills.
1820 NW Broad Street
615-893-6003
www.bskonline.com

The Ascent

Rock Climbing is an all-around sport, activity and form of exercise which uses every muscle in the body, and many, many parts of the brain! Climbing a wall teaches children great hand, feet and eye coordination. They must look, plan and then move their hands and feet to the chosen spot. This awareness can then be transferred to all other aspects of life and to other sports. The Ascent inspires kids to strive for improvement, to learn from their experiences, and to love rock climbing! They guide them through techniques and celebrate their successes through their Kids Rock program, competitive climbing groups and family climb events.
831 Park Ave
615-796-6545
www.climbyourrock.com

Premier Athletics

The benefits of Cheerleading fall way beyond learning how to do a back handspring or perfect motions.  Over the past 20 years, the sport of cheerleading has changed dramatically as it has morphed in to a display of athleticism that mesmerizes and impresses top level athletes from all sports. Premier Athletics houses thousands of recreational students who train in the sports of cheerleading and gymnastics. Premier also serves as a training facility for hundreds of middle and high school cheerleading and dance squads.
412 Golden Bear St. C
 615-896-7300
www.premierathletics.com

e.t.c. Gymnastics

Gymnastics is one of the most comprehensive lifestyle exercise programs available to children, incorporating strength, flexibility, speed, balance, coordination, power, and discipline. Whether they are involved in recreational gymnastics or with a competition squad, skills learned in gymnastics can benefit a child’s overall development. e.t.c. Gymnastics offers both competitive and skill classes, as well as offering Parents Night Out events and summer camps.
MURFREESBORO:
1137 Haley Rd.
 615-867-6900
www.etcgymnastics.com

SMYRNA:
1932 Almaville Rd.
 615-617-7644
www.etcgymnastics.com


Arts & STEM

Center for the Arts

Exposure to the arts promotes self-directed learning and sharpens critical and creative skills. This rings true when it comes to Center Stage Academy at the Center For the Arts. Center Stage Academy is offered year-round for children ages 5-18. Their classes and camps are set up to inspire students and children to love the arts. They have classes ranging from intro to theater and triple threat (singing, acting and dancing) to theatrical makeup, show choir and directing. Each semester has a theme to help children engage and get excited about theater. They also offer summer camps and have opportunities to audition and perform year-round.
110 W. College Street
615-904-2787
www.boroarts.org

Faithful Strokes

Crafting and art are wonderful ways to show creativity and reduce stress. Faithful Strokes Art Studio offers families an instructor guided opportunity to create art no matter what their skill level. They offer anything from Mommy and Me classes geared toward creating a piece of art as a family to after school classes and summer camps. Their themed summer camps are half a day and geared toward incoming k-3rd graders. Their after-school classes provide art lessons for elementary aged children and explore artists, techniques and different mediums.
122 N. Spring Street
615-573-6793
faithfulstrokes@gmail.com
www.faithfulstrokes.com

Linebaugh Library and Smyrna Public Library

Reading is a wonderful activity that boosts brain power and helps improve intelligence. A visit to the local library can expand a child’s imagination. Linebaugh Library offers opportunities for story time and summer reading as well as clubs such as LEGOs or games and experiments. There are programs and story time offered at both the Smyrna and Murfreesboro locations. Story times, geared toward younger children, use puppets, crafts and singing to captivate emerging readers. Both Smyrna and Murfreesboro offer monthly LEGO clubs geared at building theme-based projects.
105 W. Vine Street, Murfreesboro, TN
615-893-4131

400 Enon Springs Road, Smyrna, TN
615-459-4884
www.rclstn.org

Spotlite Dance

Dance is not only a wonderful form of exercise that improves coordination but shows children the importance of working hard to achieve results.  Spotlite Dance is a studio focused on promoting the value of dance and competition as a positive learning experience. Their focus is not solely on winning awards but on encouraging them to put their best effort forward. They offer both competition and recital-based opportunities. They offer classes raging from ballet, jazz and lyrical to hip hop, stretching and tumbling.
4075 Luke Court
615-459-5200
office@spotlitedance.net
www.spotlitedancestudio.com


Outdoor

Lucky Ladd Farms

Getting out into nature is a wonderful way to connect as a family and have some fun. Lucky Ladd Farms, sitting on 60 acres, offers a multitude of activities from themed playgrounds with mega slides and mazes to wagon rides pedal karts and tree climbs.  They have year-round activities as well as seasonal additions like a corn maze and pumpkin patch. Lucky Ladd is also home to Tennessee’s largest petting farm with over 100 animals.  They also offer all day summer farm camps for kids ranging from 5-10 years old.
4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville, TN
615-274-3786
http://luckyladdfarms.com

Harris Riding Academy

Handling, riding, and caring for a horse or pony can develop a host of positive traits in a child, including responsibility, accountability, patience, level-headedness, empathy, kindness, and self-discipline. The perseverance needed to ride well can also translate into improved performance in the classroom. Harris Riding Academy offers riding lessons, a horse scout program, camps and even a monthly Kids’ Night Out.
4024 Barfield Crescent Rd
615-556-7370
www.harrisridingacademy.com

Wilderness Station

Getting out into the woods opens up a sense of wonder and awe in both children and adults. Outdoor Murfreesboro and the Wilderness Station offer outdoor recreation and education through hikes, campfire programs and river explorations. They have weekly programming such as Wild Things, Tales and Trails, Animal Encounters and Puppets on the Porch. The Wilderness station also offers around five miles of hiking trails with paved and unpaved options.
401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro, TN
615-217-3017
www.murfreesborotn.gov/176/Wilderness-Station