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.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

December 28 - Dragon Park

Weather should be warm enough to get outside tomorrow, so we'll meet up at Dragon Park (Fannie Mae Dee's Park).  Hope you can get out side for one last 2016 play group.

Where:  2400 Blakemore Ave, Nashville, TN 37212

When: Wed., December 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December 21 - Granny White Park

Looks like it should break 50 and light wind, so nice enough to burn some energy.  We'll be at Granny White Park, hope to see you there.

Where: Granny White Park, 592 Granny White Pike, Brentwood, TN 37027

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

Monday, December 5, 2016

December 13 - Tuba Christmas

A NashDads tradition returns - picture 30+ tubas playing a selection of Christmas Carols.  Yes, it's as weird and awesome as it sounds and we've been making it our playgroup of the week for the past five years or so.  So come out a day early and enjoys some tuba-tastic fun.  Parking is free in the lot behind the church for this special event.

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

When: Tuesday, December 13th at 11 am

December 7 - Crockett Park

Hey dads - looks like this could be the last time we are able to get outside for a while.  Still sunny and high 40s isn't all that balmy... bundle up and come one out to play.  (The guys who founded this group would think we're so soft, they used to got outside every week, temps be darned - and they would walk to the playground in the snow - up hill - both ways.)

Where: Crockett Park, 9025 Crockett Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027

When: Wednesday, December 7th at 10:30 am

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nov. 30 - Pinkerton Park

Looks like a break from rain tomorrow.  Let's give our more Southern guys a nod and  meet up in Pinkerton Park in Franklin.  Hope you can join us.

When:  Wednesday, 10:30 am

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November 16 - Red Caboose Park

Been a while since we been out to west side of town so let's hit up Red Caboose Park tomorrow.  Hope you can make it.

Where: Red Caboose Park, 684 Colice Jeanne Rd; Nashville, Tennessee 37221

When: Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 am

Change of venue - we are meeting at Charlie Daniel's Park in Mt. Juliet instead.  Sorry for the last minute change.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

November 9

We were all up too late last night, so taking a day off to rest and refresh. See you next week!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November 2 - Nashville Zoo

We're going to the zoo, you can come too . . . looks like a beautiful day today and we're going to spend it at the Nashville Zoo.  We'll meet at the front gate at 10:30 and head in close to that time.  If you're running late, post to the GroupMe and you can find out where we are.  If you don't have a membership, get there early as some dads have one that allows a guest - that could be you.  Hope you can make it!  I can't make it today but Nate is coordinating so hit him up on GroupMe with any questions.

(Some people have reported these posts being a little delayed in receiving them by email - we will work on getting them posted earlier to avoid that in the future - sorry!)

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

When:  Wed., November 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October 26 - Nash West Playground

We are going to hit up the playground attached to the NashWest shopping center today.  It's a decent little play area and close to some useful errand locations - especially the Party City for a couple of last minute Halloween things.  See you at the usual time!

Where: NashWest Shopping Center Playground, 6716 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209

When: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 19 - Sevier Park

Attempt number two for two parks in one - Sevier park has a big kids and a smaller kids playground.  Something for everyone.  Forecast calls for potential visitors so hope you can make it out.

Where: Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Ln, Nashville, TN 37204

When: Wednesday, October 12, 10:30 am

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 12 - Sevier Park

Two, two, two parks in one - Sevier park has a big kids and a smaller kids playground.  Something for everyone.  Forecast calls for potential visitors so hope you can make it out.

Where: Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Ln, Nashville, TN 37204

When: Wednesday, October 12, 10:30 am

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October 5 - Charlie Daniels Park

Headed out east today to Charlie Daniels Park.  There are two separate play areas - one geared towards smaller kids and another for older, so something for everyone.  Hope to see you there!

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

When: Wednesday, October 5, 10:30 am

Monday, September 26, 2016

September 28 - Crockett Park

Finally a day that won't make us melt!  Come on out to Crockett Park in Brentwood and have the kids enjoy some shady play while dads sit in the amphitheater part and chat.  Great place for new dads with non-walking little ones to say hello as we are usually stationary at the choke point as the older kids explore the park.

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

When: Wednesday, September, 28 at 10:30 am.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September 21: Zoo Playgroup

We were going to go to the splash pad at Cumberland Park, but apparently it closed on Labor Day.  So we're heading to the zoo instead.  Meet at the main gates by 10:30 am.  If you're running late, hit us up on the GroupMe and figure out where in the zoo we are located.

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

When: Wednesday, September 21, 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September 18: Dad's Night Out - Trivia

Leave the wee ones at home and prove your brain isn't mush at trivia!  Start thinking of a witty name for our team now. I expect dad puns galore.

Where: Kay Bob's Grill and Ale, 1602 21st Avenue, Nashville 37212

When: Sunday Night, 7:45 pm (Trivia starts at 8)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September 14: Granny White Park

Heading to Granny White Park tomorrow.  Hope you can join us as we climb and conquer plastic dinosaurs.

Where: Granny White Park, 592 Granny White Pike, Brentwood, TN 37027

When: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 8 - Swimming at Patrick's

Patrick has offered to host the group at his neighborhood pool tomorrow.  You can post on the GroupMe so he knows who is coming when, but he's willing to host swimmers from 10-3 tomorrow, September 8.

When:  Thursday, September 8, 2016, 10 am - 3 pm

Where: 7625 Staffordshire Dr.,  Nashville, TN 37221

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

August 31 - Bicentennial Mall

Summer doesn't want to give up its stranglehold on middle Tennessee easily.  With another scorcher in store, I thought some more water play would be welcome.  Let's meet at the fountains celebrating Tennessee's rivers at the Bicentennial Mall.  There's a huge shady spot under the train trestle and 13 fountains for the kids to get wet in and one small foot wading area.  Plus the Farmer's Market is right there for a quick lunch option.  Hope you can make it.

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

When: Wednesday, August 31 at 10:30 am

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August 24 - Radnor Lake Hike

We are headed to Radnor Lake today for a tree lined hike to the aviary education center.  Radnor Lake is one of the prettiest parks in the area and has lots of wildlife that can often be glimpsed.  Trail looks to be black top paved so stroller dads are a possibility as well today.  Any questions, hit the GroupMe.

Where: Radnor Lake State Natural Area, 1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37220

When: Wednesday, 10:30 am

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August 3 - Swimming

Patrick has graciously offered to host a swimming session at his neighborhood pool today.  We will meet at his house at the usual time and then walk to the pool together.  Bring a chance of clothes for lunch afterwards.  Should be great!

Where: Patrick's House / Pool, 7625 Staffordshire Dr Nashville 37221

When: Wednesday, August 3 at 10:30 am

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