This month, pack up the kids and head down to Nashville, Tennessee for the Nashville Zoo’s “Zoovie Nights.” This month, the feature film is Horton Hears A Who, and the park offers a variety of activities to keep you and your kids entertained. With games, activities, face painting and more, you will be able to pass the evening in a family-friendly environment.
Spend the entire day at the zoo, visiting all of the different species of animals from all over the world. Check out the amphibians, including the African Clawed Frog, the Puerto Rican Crested Toad and the curious Axolotl, most commonly found in the waters of Mexico. Spend some time watching the birds fly in the Aviary, Critter Encounters and various other attractions throughout the park. The Rhinoceros Hornbill has a recognizable look, with a large banana-shaped “horn” on its bill that your kids are sure to remember. Your little tykes can also compete in a “stand-off” with the Caribbean Flamingos, as they try to keep their balance on one foot. Other animals you and your little zoologists can discover before Zoovie Night begins include Bennett’s Wallaby, the Clouded Leopard, meerkats, the Masai Giraffe, the Gila Monster, the Green Anaconda and the Rhinoceros Iguana.
After you have visited all of the critters that inhabit areas around the world, check out some extinct creatures at DinoTrek. Sixteen prehistoric beasts roam the attraction, such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Dilophosaurus and the Brachiosaurus. Come face-to-face with these terrifying and remarkable creatures as you explore the jungle. You can also learn how some of the animals you saw at the zoo are more similar to the great beasts of the past than you may have thought with the Dinosaur Adventure Guide.
Then, at 6:00, head over to the zoo’s Festival Field, where a DJ will get you and the kids pumped for an evening of fun. Inflatables will be spread out for your kids to get all of their energy out before settling in for the movie. Games, face painting and concessions are also available. If you didn’t get the chance to visit DinoTrek before, it will still be open at this time, or you can take a ride on the Wild Animal Carousel.
When the sun begins to set, grab your blanket and get cozy in front of the inflatable screen. Horton Hears A Who is based on the book by Dr. Seuss, and stars the voices of Jim Carrey, Carol Burnett and Steve Carrell. When the movie came out in 2008, it ranked number one at the box office and received favorable views from all sorts of audience members. Whether it’s a favorite movie with your kids, or one they haven’t seen yet, June’s Zoovie Night is one they are sure to enjoy.
Stay at a hotel nearby the zoo to avoid a long drive home after an exciting day and evening at the park. The Best Western Brentwood Inn & Suites is only four miles away, while the Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Green Hills is just a little further down the road.
You and your kids can make a week or weekend-long adventure out of Nashville, with other family-friendly activities, including the Europa Go Karts and Golf, the Grand Ole Opry, the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater and more.
This summer, head down to Nashville for a family vacation everyone will enjoy. There’s something for everyone in the city, and the Nashville Zoo is especially popular with all ages. Zoovie Nights are always a favorite event at the park, and you and your kids are sure to enjoy every minute of this one.