Welcome back to Nolensville! Things are changing rapidly here, so come for the staples listed below, but poke around to find new attractions that seem to pop up daily.
Nolensville Events and Activities
- Buttercup Festival: As if our historic downtown strip couldn’t be cute enough, we have a Buttercup Festival featuring food, games, art vendors, & the Nolensville Historical Society every spring. The buttercup flower is used as a symbol of Nolensville all over town, and the Buttercup Festival goes all out, even naming a Miss Buttercup and Little Miss Buttercup.
- Broken Wheel Music and Arts Festival: Another symbol of Nolensville, the broken wagon wheel, gives this event its name. On October 1, charity Round Up For Nolensville presents live music, food trucks, local beer, inflatables, games, and more. I am particularly stoked about the option to drop kids off at Summit Sports Center for Parents’ Night Out during the festival.
- Farmer’s Market: Every Saturday, vendors set up booths at the Historic Nolensville School. You’ll find all kinds of organic or naturally grown produce, meat varieties, baked goods, farm fresh eggs, crafts and food booths and trucks. All vendors accept credit cards and so far I have not encountered one that charges a credit card fee.
- I highly recommend Kuyah’s Jamaican Patties and my husband loves Get Tamales. Georgia Pecan pies makes a bourbon chocolate pecan pie that is so good you won’t care that with every bite you take of it diabetes creeps closer. All three of these vendors are typically located inside the gym of the Historic School.
- I buy a dozen eggs once a week from Hidden Holler Farms, and the coffee from Mad Jo Roasters (particularly their Ethiopian blends) are top notch.
- Follow Nolensville Living on Facebook to keep up with future events.
- Nolensville Park: Our family calls this “Ladybug Playground,” for the simple reason that it has a ladybug bouncy thing. I prefer the height of this playground equipment for younger ages. It feels safer to let my 2.5-year-old free. There is a great walking trail loop, as well as access to Mill Creek, a great place to wade and splash, spot some fish or ducks, and throw plenty of rocks.
- Nolensville Rec Center Pool: We are members of the rec center, so I just scan my little key fob and walk in. For non-members, 2 and under are free. 3-17 yrs $2. Adults $4. They do accept credit cards. The pool is zero entry with some fun fountain features. There are always plenty of chairs, but you’ll need to come right at opening (10 am) to secure a shaded spot. Keep in mind there is a pool break for the kids every hour, so keep some snacks or activities (or, let’s be honest, an ipad) on deck if you have littles who will need distractions to keep them out of the pool.
- Rec Center Playground: Right next to the pool. This playground is a little taller and more manageable for bigger kids. It does have adaptive swings for children with mobility differences, as well as a short walking loop and plenty of seating for parents. It’s a great place to stop by before or after a farmer’s market run on Saturdays.
- TN Kids Co: Slides, ball pits, tumble and sensory stations, all in an indoor playground to beat the heat! Admission for kids 1-2 years is $10, 3 and up is $15. Up to 2 parents/caregivers are free with a paid child. Any additional adults enter for $5 each. Month-to-month passes are available.
- Barrel & Roll Rolled Ice Cream: I know I covered places to eat in my last post, but this one is sort of a double whammy. The barista creates custom ice cream flavors and prepare little swirly rolly cylinders of ice cream right in front of your eyes. Kids and adults alike love watching the freezing and rolling process. It’s like a little performance that results in ice cream. The “show” makes a great Boomerang.
Nolensville is such a family-friendly community. It seems that businesses and organizations really do have the whole family in mind for events and activities. While we are growing and changing all the time, it’s really nice to know that families are a priority here, and there are lots of opportunities for family enrichment and quality time. Come on down and see us!
Check out these 6 kid-friendly activities and where to eat and shop.