We are a group of Middle Tennessee dads who get together every week for playgroup at an area playground -- currently Wednesdays at 10:30 am. We often meet in Nashville due to its central location, however we also visit places like Bellevue, Mt. Juliet, Franklin, Donelson, Murfreesboro, and Spring Hill depending on current members.

It's usually easy to spot us on the playground - there aren't often too many groups of men there. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please drop us a line at Nashdads@gmail.com. You can also sign up for our GroupMe text alerts below.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 27 - Splash Park or Story Time

Hey guys - if the weather holds we are going to go get wet at the Watkins Spray Park in Nashville.  Buckets of water dump on the kids and spray nozzles abound.  Bonus that Tate and Ryan got on the cover of the Tennessean playing there for Dad's Group one time.  Anyway, if weather doesn't hold, we will shift to library for story time.

Where: Watkins Splash Park, Jo Johnston Avenue at 17th Avenue North

When: July 27 at 10:30 am


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

July 13 - String City Puppet Show

Something a little different this week, we are going to check out the String City Puppet Show at the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Here's a link to all the details, but basically the fine folks at Main Library have created a show about Nashville's musical history.  Show is free but probably should plan to get there early so we can be towards the front of the line.  Hope to see you there!

Where: Country Music Hall of Fame, 222 Fifth Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203

When: Wednesday, July 13 at 11:30 am


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July 6 - Dragon Park

I was holding out to see what the weather looked like.  Although this afternoon looks super wet, we can probably sneak an outdoor playgroup in this morning.  My kids called for Dragon Park, so that's where we'll be headed.

Where: Fannie Mae Dee's Park, 2400 Blakemore Ave, Nashville, TN 37212

When: Wednesday, July 6 at 10:30 am


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June 28: Pinkerton Park Water Day

Hey guys, we are heading to Pinkerton Park for "water day."  Hope you can join us there.  The water event starts at 9:30, so come early or meet us at the regular time.

Where: Pinkerton Park, 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin, TN 37064

When: Wednesday, June 29th, anytime after 9:30


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Anyone want to be semi-famous?

I got a solicitation from a write looking for fathers to profile in his new book.  Sample of the email:

The title of the book is DADLY Dads: Fathers of the 21st Century Each page will include a photo/self-portrait and answers to short questions like, What do I do well as a dad? What have I learned from another dad? What have I learned from my child? Who is a dad you admire? I've collected about 80 photos and forms from dads of different family dynamics in the USA and also countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Scotland, Netherlands and South Africa. I need 125 to complete the book. The sooner I collect the 125 the sooner my publisher will debut the book. Hopefully in September or October.
If you are interested, let me (Rick) know and I'll pass on the information that I have.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 22 - Ava's Splash Pad (Mt Juliet)

Looks like a scorcher today and what better way to cool then a splash pad!  Water, and lots of it, will be on hand today.

Where: Ava's Splash Pad, Charlie Daniel's Park, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy, Mt Juliet, TN 37122

When: Wednesday, 10:30 am


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June 15 - Story Time at Main Library Branch

Looks overcast and ready to pour outside (just heard thunder), rather than try and go outside and redirect via GroupMe, let's just stay indoors today.  I'm heading downtown to the 10:30 am story time to spend a morning with Library Pete, Cedric the Dragon, and all  my story time peeps.  Hope you can make it.

Where: Downtown Library, Main Branch, 615 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219

When: Wednesday, June 15 at 10:30 am



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June 8 - Granny White Park

Looks like a pretty day to be outside, so we'll gather at Granny White Park in Brentwood at the usual time.  Hope you can come.

Where: 592 Granny White Pike, Brentwood, TN 37027

When: Wednesday, 10:30 am


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 25 - Swimming at Russ' Place

I'm out of town this week - Russ is taking over hosting duties and is inviting everyone to come swim in his neighborhood pool.  We'll gather a touch later to accommodate the neighborhood swim team, 11 am instead of 10:30 am.  Here's the Google Map Link to the Pool - hope you can make it.

When: Wednesday, May 25th at 11 am

Where: Ladd Park Community Pool


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 18: Jim Warren Park

Playgroup is meeting on the rubber topped Jim Warren Park playground today.  The location should avoid a muddy mess on the playground, but someone might want to bring an old towel for the slides, just in case.  Apparently there is also a fishing hole at the park for those looking to make a day of it.  Hope you can make it.

Where: Jim Warren Park, 705 Boyd Mill Ave, Franklin, TN 37064

When: Wednesday, 10:30 am


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 11 - Downtown Library Story Time

Looks like we are going to have an overcast day with patches of rain, perfect day for story time.  We are going to the later 10:30 am show today, so be prepared for bigger crowds.  You may want to leave extra time for parking vs. when we go at 9:30 am.  Hope you can join us!

When: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Nashville Public Library, Main Branch, 615 Church Street


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April 27: Nashville Zoo

The call has been made to hit up the zoo today.  Let's meet at the gate at 10:30 am and head in together.  I know some dads usually have passes that let a guest in - if you need admission post in the GroupMe and see if we can link people up.  I am waiting on a service guy at the house, so M and I are iffy at best - Patrick and Grant at a minimum should be there.

(Also will try to watch the comments better in the future so we can avoid a snafu like last week - sorry Billy!)

Where: Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

When: Wednesday, 10:30 am


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

April 20: Dragon Park

Looks like the rain will hold off until the afternoon, so going outside for playgroup today.  We haven't been to Dragon Park in a while and I need to stay kinda local.  Hope you can make it.

Where: Fannie Mae Dees Park, 2400 Blakemore Ave, Nashville, TN 37212

When:  Wed., April 20 at 10:30 am

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April 6: Granny White Park

Looks like the rain will hold off until the afternoon, so we should be good for playgroup.  We haven't been to Granny White Park in quite a while, so let's try it out.  It's in the heart of Brentwood and has a picnic shelter right next to the playground in case the weather opens up unexpectedly.  Hope you can join us.

Where: 610 Granny White Pike, Brentwood, TN 37027

When: Wednesday, April 6th at 10:30 am


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

March 30: Charlie Daniels Park

May have some rain tomorrow but not until the afternoon.  We haven't hit Mt. Juliet in a while, so let's get together at Charlie Daniels Park and we can look longingly at the water park that we'll be hitting up this summer!  Hope you can make it out.

Where: Charlie Daniels Park, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy, Mt Juliet, TN 37122

When: Wednesday, 10:30 am


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

March 16: Sevier Park

Looks like a pretty day to be out.  Sevier sounds like a good location since we have the split playgrounds and not too much shade.  Hope you can make it.

Where: Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Ln, Nashville, TN 37212

When: Wednesday, 10:30 am


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

March 9: Berry Hill Azalea Park

And we're back!

Sorry about the delay fellow Nashdads - it has been a crazy couple of weeks.  It looks like some beautiful weather today, so let's take advantage of it and go to a park without shade.  An impossible thought once we hit the dog days of summer.  It's been a while since we've hit Azalea Park in Berry Hill, plus I have some stuff to do nearby, self serving, I know.

Where: Azalea Park, Azalea Pl, Nashville, TN 37204

When: Wednesday, 10:30 am


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February 3: Chik Fil A

It's soggy and potentially raining again this morning.  There's been a suggestion to get some coffee and burn some energy at Chik Fil A's indoor playground.  We'll head to the one in Cool Springs - keep an eye on the Group Me for any updates or changes.

Where: Chik Fil A, 3063 Mallory Lane, Cool Springs, TN

When: Wednesday, 10:30 am


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 27: Downtown Library Story Time

High is only going to be 40 degrees today, so staying inside is probably the way to go.  Library Pete, Miss Mary and the Professor are all waiting to welcome us at story time.  We will hit the early one to avoid the crowd and then spend a little time in the new library center -- large ipad, climbing wall, train table, puppet theater, and plenty of books to check out.  Hope you can join us.

Where: Downtown Library, 615 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219

When: Wednesday, January 27 at 9:30 am


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January 20: Jump Street

Snow won't stop some of us - going to Jump Street trampoline park today. I can't be there but have fun to those that brave the elements!

Where: Jump Street, 1735 Galleria Blvd, 
#2 Franklin, TN

When: Wednesday at 10:30 am


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

January 6: Downtown Library Story Time

Happy New Year!  With a high of 45 degrees tomorrow, I'm not venturing outside this week.  Let's check out the newly renovated children's library for story time and exploration.  The 10:30 am story time is usually filled to the rafters, so let's aim for the 9:30 am slot.  If that's too early for you, we'll see you after story time and we can poke around until you hit the 10:30 am.

Where: Main Library, 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219

When: 9:30 am Story Time


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

December 30: Above All Extreme Air Sports

I'm under the weather and so are my kids, but Russ is out of retirement to host a playgroup for the bigger folks. Above all is a trampoline haven for jump and other extreme air activities. Check out their website for all details - jump time is $13 for the hour, which might seem steep until you look at all the crazy stuff they have in this place! Bare feet or gripper socks required - waiver must be signed before hand or on site. Happy New Year!

Where: Above All Extreme Air Sports, 1647 Mallory Lane, Brentwood, TN  37027

When: Wednesday, 10:30 am


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December 22: No Playgroup

I've been watching the weather and there is a good chance that we could be in a tornado watch as early as noon tomorrow, higher chances in the evening.  That said, I'm going to be scrambling to take care of some last minute holiday stuff before the bad weather rolls in to town.

I can't host next week, so we'll take a short hiatus.  If someone is doing something fun, post about it in the Group Me.  Otherwise, let's take a break and reconvene in 2016!

Happy NashDads New Year to all!

Monday, December 14, 2015

December 15: Tuba Christmas

It's time for a Nashdads Annual Christmas Tradition -- Tuba Christmas!  For the uninitiated, we are talking dozens upon dozens of tubas paying a smattering of well loved holiday carols.  It is as crazy and fun as it sounds.  The show is at 11 am at the First Baptist Church downtown (next to Bridgestone arena).  Parking is free in the lot behind the church for this event.  Attendance is usually pretty high, even for a Tuesday morning, so you'll want to get there a little bit early.  Hope to see you there!

When: Tuesday, December 15th at 11:00 a.m.

Where: First Baptist Church, 108 7th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December 9: Crockett Park

Looks to be in high 50s today, so let's try to squeeze in another day outside.  We haven't been to Crockett Park in Brentwood for a while.  On a personal note, I am iffy on attendance today, but if you need to make last minute adjustments or are looking for people - use the GroupMe group.

Just a heads up - playgroup will be moving to Tuesday next week for a Nashdad's tradition - Tuba Christmas.  More info to come!

Where:  Crockett Park, 1500 Volunteer Pkwy, Brentwood, TN 37027

When: Wednesday, December 9, 10:30 am


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 2: Green Hills Park

Sorry for the late post, but I've been waffling all day.  Looks like weather will be north of 50 degrees so we'll head outside (mid 40s in low wind is my floor).  We haven't ever been to this park so let's check it out on a day that might be short - that way if its a bust, we'll blame the chilly weather and not feel bad about calling it.  In addition to the cool climbing tower, there's a pretty big rock wall and some other playground stuff.  Hope you can make it out.

Where: Green Hills Park, 1200 Lone Oak Road, 37215

When: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 10:30 am


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November 25: Nashville Zoo

The masses have spoken and we are going to hit the zoo today.  If you don't have a pass, some of the other dad's probably have guest spots available on their membership - post about it on the GroupMe message board.  Let's meet at the front gates around 10 am.  If you miss that, rendezvous at the Unseen World (reptile / small mammal house) at 11:30 am.  Or you can always post "Where are you?" messages to the GroupMe.  Numbers might be off for the holiday, but sounds like enough people are in town.

Where: Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

When: Front Gate at 10 am, then Unseen World at 11:30 am


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November 18: Playgroup at Russ' House

Looks like a pretty good chance of rain Wednesday morning, so we'll need to head indoors.  Russ volunteered his house for meeting this week.  So we'll take advantage of his basement play area and if by some means the sun comes out - there's a great play structure in the backyard.  I need to give Russ a ride to the airport, so we'll wrap up promptly at 11:45 tomorrow, just a heads up.

Where:  Russ' House, 356 Wise Road, Franklin, TN  37064

When: Wednesday, 10:30 am - 11;45 am


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November 11: Azalea Park

We welcomed another dad to the group last week, so let's hit up his home turf.  We'll go to Azalea Park this week in the heart of Berry Hill, near 100 Oaks.  Looks like it will be a warm morning, hope you'll join us.

Where: Azalea Park, 2818 Azalea Pl, Nashville, TN 37204

When: Wednesday, November 11 10:30 am



Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November 4: Charlie Daniels Park

Hey guys!  Looks like a pretty day tomorrow and since we've been trying to get to Mt. Juliet for a couple weeks, seems like a good time to tackle it.  Usual time, 10:30 am, at Charlie Daniel's Park.  Hope you can make it.

Where: Charlie Daniel's Park, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy, Mt Juliet, TN 37122

When: Wednesday, 10:30 am


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October 28: Downtown Library Story Time

Rain may still threaten this morning.  If you need to get out, come on down to the Main Branch of the Nashville Public Library for Story Time.  The 10:30 show is sometimes super crowded, so we are going to beat the rush and hit the 9:30 show.

Where: Nashville Public Library,  615 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219

When: Wednesday, 9:30 am



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

October 21: Reservoir Park

Sorry for the late notice gang.  I need to stay close to home today for some personal reasons, so we'll venture out to the Mount soon.  I was intrigued by this suggestion, and since its nearby, figured "let's check it out."  It looks like it has a decent playground and big open fields.  It will be a little chilly but should be warm enough to have some outdoor fun.

Where: Reservoir Park, 1701 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
(supposedly the playground is far from the parking lot, so you might want to park on the street (Hillside?), see map below)




When: Wednesday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

October 14: Owl Creek Park

This is a new one for me, but looks like it will be solid.  Reviews talk about seven slides, a hippo tunnel and a toddler rock wall.  It sounds worth checking out!  Usual time - weather looks solid mid-60s.

Where: Owl Creek Park, 9751 Concord Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027

When: Wednesday, 10:30 am


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October 7: Bicentennial Mall

Looks like it will be border line warm enough to still mess around in the fountains tomorrow.  Mid-70s by 10 am.  If it is not, we can walk around the park and explore for a bit.  There has been talk of going to "312" for deep dish pizza for lunch.

Where: Bicentennial Mall, 600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243

When: Wednesday, October 7th, 10:30 am


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 30: Downtown Library Story Time

Sorry for the late announcement but I've been trying to guess what the weather is going to do.  Still looks iffy on whether it will be raining by playgroup or not.  Even if not temp looks a little low for the fountain outing we had talked about.  Instead, let's visit the new and improved downtown library story time (I don't know if the show has changed but they just did a lot of construction there).  If you haven't been before, best to try and get there a little early as sometimes parking can be tough.

Where: Story Time at the Downtown Public Library, 615 Church StreetNashvilleTN 37219

When:  Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 10:30 am


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September 23: Sevier Park

Looks like a beautiful day tomorrow.  I need to stay in the general Vandy area, but don't want to impose Dragon Park on everyone again.  So let's hit up the dual wielding Sevier Park in 12 South area.  See you all at 10:30 - or as close I can to that time, have a couple of early morning things to get done.

Where: Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Ln, Nashville, TN 37212
When: Wednesday, 10:30 am


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September 18: DNO Friday Night Action Movie

Like your movies with lots of punching and kicking? Awesome shoot outs?  Then more punching and kicking?  Then look no further.  Steve is hosting a screening of Raid: Redemption.  I am going to let the trailer speak for itself:


Where: Steve Reda's House, 2004 Arden Court, Mt. Juliet.
When: Friday at 8:30 pm.

September 16: Dragon Park

Sorry for the late notice today, but the beginning of this week was crazy for me.  There was some talk of going to the state fair, but it doesn't open until 5 pm.  Let's just do something easy and hit up Dragon Park.

Where: Fannie Mae Dees Park, 2400 Blakemore Ave, Nashville, TN 37212
When: Wednesday, 10:30 am


Check out this pic, there used to be a tire swing there!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

September 9: Pump it Up

With some chance of rain today, we decided to schedule an indoor playgroup.  Pump It Up was the defacto choice.  We are going to the Brentwood location.  Expect jumpy houses, slides, etc.  Cost looks like $8 / child, $4 under two.  There is a Groupon discount, however, I don't know how many dads have it, etc. so you might want to get your own just in case.  Open jump for the preschool set goes from 10 am until 1 pm.

Where:  Pump it Up, 7104 Crossroads Blvd Ste 128, BrentwoodTN 37027
When: Wednesday, 10 am



Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 2: Nashville Ballet Story Time

Interesting new idea this week.  The Nashville Ballet is presenting a special story time centered around Peter Pan.  For children five and under, they will be presenting the story and teaching the children some dances to go along with it.  It should be interesting, but different from our normal outing.  Hope you can join us!

Where: The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet, 3630 Redmon St Nashville, TN, 37209
When: Wednesday, 10 am - 11 am


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August 26: Crockett Park

Looks like a sunny day tomorrow, so let's hit up Crockett Park.  I know we were there recently, but the shade will be welcome, I think.  Hope to see you there!

Where:  Crockett Park, 1500 Volunteer Pkwy, Brentwood, TN 37027
When:  Wednesday, 10:30 am


Thursday, August 20, 2015

August 21: Dad's Night Out - Cards Against Humanity

Leave the kiddos at home and come play Cards Against Humanity at Russ' House on Friday, August 21 at 8 pm.  For those that haven't played, the game is best described as Apples to Apples but for adults - with combinations that are usually inappropriate for mixed audiences - but often hilarious.  Google the game to find out more.  Come blow off steam and have some fun with the guys.  Address and phone contacts on the Group Me (which you can join from the link on the right --> ).


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August 19 : Edmondson Pike Library Story Time

It looks like rain is threatening again this week, so we'll head indoors.  With downtown story time on hiatus, let's try something new.  I have not been to this story time before, so it will be a Nashdads experiment.  If the weather clears up for us, there is a decent playground at this library as well, so we'll be covered either way.  PLEASE NOTE THE SLIGHTLY EARLIER TIME!

Where: Edmondson Pike Library (5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville, TN 37211)
When: 10:00 am, Wednesday, August 19


About Us

NashDads is the 6th "generation" of the Middle Tennessee Stay At Home Dads group that started back in 1996. Organization responsibility changes hands every few years as kids get older and start school. A few of our active members have been attending playgroups since 2004, but we are always adding newer dads to our ranks.  Currently, we get our kids together every Wednesday morning for playgroup. Many of us are stay at home dads, but several do have work hours that leave them free at the right time.
Weather permitting, we usually meet at an area playground at 10:30 am to let the little ones burn off some energy while we chat about sports, movies, politics, bargain hunting, cars, TV shows, the tribulations of potty training or whatever/wherever the conversation may go. If it's too cold or wet outside, there are a number of indoor places we like to visit (sometimes one of our homes).
After playing, those interested will head to a nearby restaurant for lunch (others go on about their business...no pressure). We also have an occasional dads-night-out that usually meets at area restaurants with the occasional visit to a Nashville Sounds or Predators game or to catch a movie. The lunch and DNO group often includes dads who "graduated out" when their kids started school, so it's a nice way to keep in touch and see how the group has evolved over the years.  Occasionally, we will schedule a major road trip like the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga or the Huntsville Rocket Center.
We hope you'll join us at a playgroup soon.  If you have any questions, email us.  For playgroup announcements, you can subscribe to this blog, or join our GroupMe by heading here.

Monday, August 10, 2015

August 11: Monkey Joe's Indoor Bounce House

Weather looks iffy this week, so we're going indoors.  This is Russ' last official playgroup, so he had prerogative - so Monkey Joe's it is.  Playtime is $9 for jumpers over 2, under 2 costs $6 (if they are playing, I think infants and the like are free).  You can find more deatails on the Monkey Joe's website.

Where:  Monkey Joe's
When:  Tuesday, August 11 at 10:30 am