Dad Night Out – Buffalo Wild Wings (Franklin)

We’re going to start trying to schedule more opportunities for Dad Night Out. We’re going casual this week… just a trip to B-Dub’s.

When – Fri July 20th at 8pm

Where – BW3

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Spring Hill Splash Pad – Playgroup

With the summer heat upon us, it’s a good time to hit the splash pads around town. We’re heading out to Spring Hill’s splash pad this week. Bring your swimsuit and sunscreen! Hopefully we don’t run into the crazy lady who’s been seen bathing out there! 😆

When – Wed July 18th at 10:30am

Where – Spring Hill splash pad

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How to meet/join the group.

I’m always looking for ways to make finding us easier and less awkward for dads who might be a little shy or apprehensive about meeting us. I thought I would share my story, some basic information about me, in hopes of making Nashdads a little less anonymous to a dad looking for a group like ours and nervous about trying to meet us.

When our son was born, my wife and I both worked full-time and we tried maintaining that until he was just over a year old. The problem was, by putting him in daycare he would get sick constantly. When that happened, one of us would lose time working staying home with him, while still having to pay for the missed daycare time. If you added up the cost of daycare, the cost of the extra doctor bills, and the expenses related to going to work… nearly my entire salary was going toward keeping things going for strangers to raise him. So I left work to stay home and we tightened our belt on our finances.

I did a good job of getting out and doing activities with him, but always felt something was missing socially. Most dads can relate to the experience of taking your child somewhere, being surrounded by moms, and nobody wants to talk to you. Anyway, I was fortunate enough to meet a new neighbor who was already part of the group and so I joined up. I still remember the first time I went to a playground for a playgroup when my friend wasn’t there. I hadn’t met most of the other guys in the group yet. So I was approaching each man I saw with a kid saying, “are you Rick (the organizer at the time)?” Long story short, that awkward moment passed and I have made friendships for both my son and I that I feel will last a long time.

Why am I telling you all this? To hopefully make it easier to reach out and join us. We’re a diverse group with one important commonality: we are passionate about being the best dad we can, and we want the best for our kids. So here’s how to find or join us:

1) If you have kids, and a schedule that allows, by all means, come on out to a playgroup. You can usually spot us as the only group of men on the playground.  Sporting our diaper bags, coffee cups, and dad bods. I promise, the awkwardness is brief.

2) If you don’t have kids yet (expectant dad) or your schedule doesn’t allow it, or you’d just be more comfortable meeting without kids watch for a dad’s night out get together. If it helps you can shoot a message first to let us know your coming.

3) Lastly, if both of those seem awkward for you, shoot a message and perhaps we can meet up for lunch or a coffee and quick introduction.

I hope that helps, and puts a slightly more personal face to the group. Why am I so passionate about Nashdads? Because it’s a great group of guys who’s support has meant so much to me the last two years.

Finally, to to put a little more personalization to this whole rant a little more about me. I’m an average 38 year-old stay home dad. I work part-time time at AutoZone on the weekends. I love being a dad and being with my son. I’ve attached a picture of me to make me easier to identify. If you hadn’t caught it in previous posts, my name is Nate. Hope to see you around!

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Walden’s Puddle Playgroup and Cookout

This event was cancelled before due to uncontrollable circumstances, but we have it back on the schedule now.

We’re going to meet up at picnic shelter 4 at Edwin Warner Park for this. We’ll have some playtime from 10:30am till the Walden’s Puddle folks arrive at 11:15am. They will be doing a presentation about local wildlife and what they do at their rehabilitation facility. After that we’ll break out the portable grills and cook some hot dogs, and have lunch!

If you aren’t familiar with them, Walden’s Puddle is a wildlife rehabilitiation center. They care for only native animals, and provide educational sessions to private groups. For more information, check out their website at:

https://waldenspuddle.org/

They are completely non-profit, and they usually collect donations at these events to help them to keep doing what they do. We are hoping that anyone who comes can bring a little cash (or check out their site for wishlist items they need) to help them out and show our appreciation.

Looking forward to this, and again I am sorry for the re-schedule!!!

When – Wednesday July 11th at 10:30am

Where – Edwin Warner picnic pavilion 4. Off Vaughn Road.

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Pinkerton Park – Playgroup

There is a chance of storms on Wednesday this week, so we’re going to go out to Pinkerton Park. It’s really close to a McDonald’s with a large Playplace, so if we get rained out we can retreat to there. If it isn’t raining it’ll be hot.

When – Wednesday, June 27th at 10:30am

Where – Pinkerton Park

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Centennial Park – Playgroup

It’s supposed to be hot and sunny tomorrow. We’re heading to Centennial Park. There’s playground areas and a splash fountain that the kids can cool off in. Bring extra clothes accordingly. 😊👍💦

When – Wed. June 20th @ 10:30am

Where – Centennial Park

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Edmonson Pike Library Storytime – Playgroup

Looking at the weather forecast, we could see anything on Wednesday. As a result, we’re going to go and catch storytime at the Edmonson Pike Library. That library also has a playground right there on site too, for a little bit of playtime after the story…if the weather holds out. Storytime actually starts at 11am, but we’ll still meet at the usual 10:30am. It’s usually pretty easy to kill a half hour with the toys, computers, or picking out new books.

When – Wed. June 13th at 10:30am

Where – Edmonson Pike Branch Library

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Crockett Park – Playgroup

Should be warm and clear on Wednesday this week. We’re going to Crockett Park for playgroup. It’s one of the best because it only has one entrance, and it’s got more shade than most other parks. 😊👍

So come out and join us at Crockett Park this week!

When – Wed June 6th at 10:30am

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

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No playgroup this week. 😞

As you may have noticed, we were originally going to have our special event featuring wildlife education from Walden’s Puddle. That fell through due to unavoidable circumstances. Fear not though, it will be rescheduled soon! In the meantime, we had a hard time putting together an alternate plan for this week, especially with nasty weather heading this way. So we are taking this week off from officially meeting. Sorry for any confusion! Thanks for your understanding!

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Cheekwood – Tuesday for Tots

This isn’t exactly a full on group activity, I thought I would share this anyway. Cheekwood does a weekly art/craft project for little kids called Tuesdays for Tots. I’ll be there almost every week, so I thought I would share in case anyone wants to join. It runs from 10am-Noon, but I’ll be going around 11:30am. 😊👍

When – Tues. May 22nd at 11:30am

Where – Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum

There is a cost to get in via a ticket or membership. For more information visit https://cheekwood.org/

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