May 15, 2018

This past weekend was a sunny, hot reminder that summer is well on its way in Middle Tennessee!  With summer comes a vacation from school for many kids, and that means more free time for them to find ever more creative ways to alleviate their boredom. Of course, the outdoors are every parent's best friend during these burning summer months (with proper sunscreen application, naturally), but what about those rainy days?  What about the days that are too hot for even the toughest of kids to enjoy playing outside?  What about the days when EVEN OUTSIDE isn't enough to entertain those growing, inquisitive minds? Have no fear!  We have a few ideas...

May 3, 2018

Since its founding in 1931, the Nashville Children’s Theatre has been a staple of Nashville fine arts and education.  In addition to performing and entertaining throughout each year, they host and run programs to nurture and educate their target audience: children and young adults throughout Middle Tennessee! Today, the Nashville Children’s Theatre remains an active and conscientious member of the Nashville and Middle Tennessee community. Knowing the history and the inclusive, educational values of this organization, we thought it’d be fun to go check out one of their performances… with a member of their target audience! So we took Aldyn to their latest production...

April 6, 2018

Sporting the largest community-built playground in the United States, the Crofts’ Historic Home available for seasonal tours, and several dynamic and interactive exhibits with a diverse population of animals, the Zoo continues to up the ante of its offerings.  Newer exhibits such as spider monkeys, the interactive Kangaroo Kickabout, and cassowary enclosures continue to be popular among Zoo-goers of all ages. Most recently, on March 15th, the Zoo cut the ribbon on a large addition featuring Andean bears. In the month of April, the Zoo will be offering several unique opportunities for family springtime fun, and that’s what we will highlight in this post.  Consider making plans to attend one or more of these awesome community events at the Nashville Zoo!

February 5, 2018

If you’re on the list for receiving emails from us here at High Hopes, you may have heard rumblings of week-long inclusive camps, sensory-friendly community activities and services, seminars for parents, and other exciting events!  Well, folks, we’re here to tell you it’s all true. It’s all part of our goal to provide Family Support Services to the community we serve.  We have a front row seat to so many of the challenges that can come with raising a child, and these services are one way that we can step up to help families address those challenges. Here are some of the things our Family Support Services program is offering now!

February 2, 2018

We’ve recently become aware of a movement to bring inclusion into our public parks here in Franklin, Tennessee!

On February 5th, there is a very important meeting.  Master plans are being laid for a new park, the proposed Southeast Municipal Complex.  The park would be located on 180 acres, on the east side of Franklin between Interstate 65 and the Harpeth River.  Part of the 2015 Parks Comprehensive Master Plan, the time has finally come for the park to begin to take shape, and they are looking for your feedback!

One idea that is gaining momentum, thanks to local community leaders, is to build an inclusive playground, one that would be accessible to every member of Franklin’s growing community.  But in order to make this dream a reality, we need your help!

The individuals...

January 12, 2018

Going to the movies as a child is an unforgettable adventure.  The whole experience from start to finish is as exciting as anything else our young brains could imagine.  In the lobby of a theater you can see it in the kids. Their bodies start pulsing with energy and they bounce around with huge smiles stretching their mouths wide!

Still, it might be helpful to know a little bit about what to expect at some of the most popular kids’ movies of the season.

Because, from the parents’ side, it might not be so exciting.  The whole production of simply getting to the movie theater, getting through the ticket-line and the concession-line, and then getting the kids into their seats and to stay in their seats – it can be exhausting!

Preparation goes a long way towards a smoother movie tr...

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