Since he was born, Hunter and I have shared Mommy & Bear Bear Day once a week. It is our special day that we spend together. I love going into his room that morning and say “Do you know what today is, Boogey?” Now that he is old enough to understand and remember, I get the sweetest response “It’s Mommy & Bear Bear Day”. MBBDs sometimes involve playdates with friends, lunch dates or maybe nothing at all but staying in our jammies and sometimes we go on adventures. On our last MBBD we took advantage of our trip to Nashville. We were picking up Hunter’s beloved and pseudo sibling cousins Ben & Lillie to return the favor to Aunt Bessie and Uncle Matt for taking such good care of our Bear while we went on our Jamai-cation. We headed down a little early to check out some of the super, fun and most importanly free activities Nashville has to offer.We made our first stop at the Nashville Farmers’ Market and took full advantage of all that it has to offer. The Farmers’ Market is truly a place to engage all 5 senses. We tasted bread, smelled the kettle corn cooking, saw all the vibrant colors and shapes of fresh fruits and vegetables, touched the furry “opra” and heard all the patrons talking with the Tennessee farmers that brought all their hard working goodies to the market for us to enjoy.
After the Market, we took a quick spin around the roundabout at Bicentennial Mall to see our beautiful state flags. We then headed across the river to the fabulous new Cumberland Park. We saw a train go by, watched boats, rode the glass elevator, looked at the city from the Pedestrian Bridge, talked a little Titans football, walked up about 6,000 steps to the Pedestrian Bridge for another look at the city and took a stroll on the train tracks. Next time we will definitely bring our swimsuits to run around in the splash pad.
This is the part of the day where I had to insert “mostly” into the Free & Fun Adventure when we headed a little further east to a place we used to lovingly call home East Nashville. We stopped for a yummy lunch at our family favorite Rosepepper Cantina and then rounded out the day at the DELICIOUS Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.
We will definitely put Nashville on the books again for our MBBD Adventures. There are still so many more fun activities to explore in Nashville and if we plan better and bring along a picnic, we can make it a completely “Free & Fun Nashville Adventure”. Music City is massive canvas for our little ones to learn and explore about Tennessee culture and history. I’m kind of thinking we might need to do a little G-rated Honky Tonkin’. I am happy to say I’m proud to be from Tennessee. Y’all should check it out!!!!