Clarksville, in northern Tennessee, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. It is situated near the Fort Campbell Army base, which sits on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line. Moms in Clarksville and the surrounding area will find there are many activities nearby to keep toddlers happy and busy.
1. Toddlers in Action
Toddlers in Action is a program for toddlers offered by the The City of Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department (no website; 102 Public Square, Clarksville; (931- 645-7476). Every fall Toddlers in Action is held at the Kleeman Community Center. On Thursday mornings toddlers are invited to take part in fun, age-appropriate activities that will stimulate learning. It also helps to encourage your toddler to interact with other children the same age. Social interaction is very important during these toddler years. Your little one will love getting to play with other toddlers.
2. Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library
Take your toddler for an indoor educational activity at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library (mcgtn.org). The Children's Library is inviting to little ones, with kid-size chairs, colorful rugs to lay on and thousands of exciting titles for all reading levels. Choose a book with your toddler and snuggle up on the floor together to share a story. Children's program are offered, including family time where the whole family can enjoy stories, puppets, music and more. Pajama storytime is a time where mom and the kids can come dressed in their pajamas to enjoy crafts, songs and a story together.
3. Clarksville City Parks
Get outside and enjoy a day together with your toddler at one of Clarksville's beautiful city parks (cityofclarksville.com). At Lettie Kendall Park you can play on the playground, take a hike on the trail or enjoy the water play area in the summer. Take a bike ride together on Clarksville's Greenway Trail or visit the Billy Dunlop Park where you can play, take a walk or go fishing. During the summer months, plan a day at Bel Aire pool and park where you will find a playground, picnic tables and a swimming pool, water slide and baby pool.
Plan a fun, yet educational trip to the Fort Campbell Army Museum. You and your toddler will be amazed at all of the military artifacts. There is also the Tennessee Children's Museum (customshousemuseum.org), located inside the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. There are more than 35,000 square feet of hands-on activities and exhibits to see at the Customs House Museum. You can enjoy history, artifacts and art with your little one at this museum that covers three blocks along South Second Street.
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