Fun Things for a 2 Year Old in Middle Tennessee

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In Middle Tennesee it is easy to find places to get two-year-old children out of the house for a fun outing.
In Middle Tennesee it is easy to find places to get two-year-old children out of the house for a fun outing. (Image: Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images)

As many parents know, a bored toddler can be an unpleasant thing with which to contend. Fortunately for little tike's in Middle Tennessee there are many places where exploration and adventures await. Whether they enjoy visiting animals, showing their artistic side or water fun in the sun, toddlers in the region can be taken many places.

Animal Encounters

The Nashville Zoo,(nashvillezoo.org), offers two-year old's a fun day of play and getting up close with its animals. The 66,0000 sq. ft. Jungle Gym has slides, tunnels,swings, caves and dancing water fountains. The Wild Animal Carousel has 39 brightly colored animals on which children can ride. The Wilderness Express Train Ride takes guests around the property for a relaxing tour. At Critter Encounters children can pet animals such as goats. While at the zoo they can also get an up close view of meerkats, flamingos, monkeys, cougars, Bengal tigers, Red Pandas, Alligators and more.

The Nashville Zoo offers close views on the Bengal Tigers.
The Nashville Zoo offers close views on the Bengal Tigers. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Exploration and Discoveries

Adventure Science Center,(adventuresci.com), in Nashville greets over 340,000 visitors yearly. Two-year old's can go wild in Adventure Tower, a climb through glass pyramid, walk inside of a giant guitar, crawl through the replica of a beating heart or stomp around on a walk-on piano. Play with light and sound on the Shadow Wall where children can see their shadow on a glow-in-the-dark wall. There is a planetarium in house as well.

Children can crawl, run and stomp their way through Adventure Science Center.
Children can crawl, run and stomp their way through Adventure Science Center. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

A Creative Side

Frist Center's Martin Artquest Gallery,(fristcenter.org), located in Nashville is fun for the entire family, but interactive enough to hold a two-year old's attention. As part of the 24,000 sq. ft. Frist Center for the Visual Arts that houses artwork from local to international artists, the Martin Artquest Gallery has thirty creation stations. Children are encouraged to let their artistic side show by sketching, painting or creative collages.

Frist Center's Martin Artquest Gallery gives children the opportunity to paint their own materpiece.
Frist Center's Martin Artquest Gallery gives children the opportunity to paint their own materpiece. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Summer Fun

Nashville Shores Water Park, (nashvilleshores.com), open seasonally, gives a retreat from the heat for families and has many places for two-year old's to have fun. Kowabunga Beach is a four-story water treehouse and spray ground sure to cool off the little ones. The 1,000 feet lazy river "Castaway Creek" is a inner tube ride past geysers and waterfalls. Lily Pad Pool and Wacky Pond both have places for children to jump and splash and for an authentic beach experience play in the sand on Percy Priest Lake.

Children and their parents can ride inner tubes down the lazy river at Nashville Shores Water Park.
Children and their parents can ride inner tubes down the lazy river at Nashville Shores Water Park. (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

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