pfunky_griddleNashville is a great weekend destination for families. There are a variety of things to do that don’t cost a fortune. Here are some of my picks for frugal family fun in Music City.

The Pfunky Griddle
Located in eclectic Berry Hill, just a short drive from downtown, The Pfunky Griddle offers the fun experience of creating your own unique pancake creations right at your own table. Every topping imaginable is available as you create your pancake masterpiece from either Organic 5 Grain batter or the more traditional unbleached white batter. The all-you-can eat breakfast is priced reasonably at $6.99 for adults and $4.99 for kids 10 and younger.  The Pfunky Griddle also serves lunch, but the pancakes are the main attraction.

Lane Motor Museum
From Nissan Concept Cars to a one-of-a-kind propeller driven Helicron from 1932 to motorcycles and amphibious vehicles and military vehicles, Lane Motor Museum features the largest collection of European vehicles in the United States. Approximately 150 unusual cars and motorcycles are on display. Located on Murfreesboro Pike, the museum is housed in a former 132,000 square foot bakery. Kids ages 5 and younger are admitted for free, while admission for children ages 6 to 17 is just $2 and adults (up to age 64) are admitted for $7.

Downtown Nashville Library Marionette And Puppet Shows
The beautiful downtown Nashville library, located on Church Street, features free puppet shows throughout the year. Typically held on Fridays and Saturdays at the charming Children’s Theater, these productions feature amazing puppets from the library’s impressive collection, such as the Tichenor Marionettes. Wishing Chair Productions produces these sophisticated puppetry storytelling performances for children, continuing a Nashville tradition begun in 1938 by the city’s award-winning puppet master and long-time library staff member Tom Tichenor.


tennessee_state_museumTennessee State Museum
For an important lesson in Volunteer State history, look no further than the Tennessee State Museum, which offers free admission. Located on Deaderick Street downtown, the museum features several one-of-a-kind items associated with such important figures from American history as Andrew Jackson, Daniel Boone, James K. Polk, Andrew Johnson, David Crockett, Sam Houston, Alvin York and Cordell Hull. There are also permanent exhibits about African American soldiers in the Civil War, a free black family living in Knoxville before 1860, and the women’s suffrage movement. The museum also features visiting exhibits, such as the upcoming Egyptian Relics, Replicas & Revivals: Treasures from Tutankhamun exhibit, opening February 27.

Farmers Market
A Nashville tradition since 1828, the Farmers Market is located downtown next to Bicentennial Mall at 900 8th Ave North. The Farmers Market features several merchants of interest to kids, from Moosehead Kettle Korn, popped right before your eyes, to Fleur de Lis Flavors, featuring its signature New Orleans style snow balls. Owned and operated by Tanisha Hall, a native of New Orleans, Fleur de Lis Flavors also features roasted nuts and other sweets and goodies. Stay for lunch and try out a variety of foods, from Jamaican or Indian cuisine to more traditional Southern fare such as barbecue.

From city parks to Nashville’s bustling downtown, Music City offers a wide variety of things to do for vacationing families on a budget.