A few free and low-cost things to do in Antioch this Summer

Summer is nearly here and the kids will be climbing the walls looking for something to do. There’s tons to do around the area, but the simple fact is you can plan a pretty good summer without really leaving the confines of Antioch.

What may be a true highlight of the perfect Antioch summer is the Nashville Symphony will be playing a free show at 7:30 p.m., Thursday June 16 at Southeast Park. That’s the park adjacent to the library, community center and Ford Ice Center. It should be a great show and the best part is it is absolutely free and right here in Antioch!

Starting June 6, the Southeast Farmer’s Market will be at the Southeast Park from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday. This is a great opportunity to spend some time at the park and pick up fresh produce, baked goods, and other items.

There are also at least a couple of historic sites worth visiting.

Cane Ridge Cumberland Presbyterian Church was built in 1959 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. You can find the church on Old Hickory Boulevard in Cane Ridge. The cemetery, which sits in the front of the church near the road, features a number of historic graves, including the final resting place of a soldier who fought in the American Revolution, Isaac Johnson (1761-1839).

The Hays-Kiser House, 834 Reeves Road, was built in 1795 by Charles Hays and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It is one of the last remaining 19th century homes still standing in Tennessee.

Ezell-Harding Christian School is offering quite a large number of camps and activities for youth, and they are open to the public. They include:

  • Summer Day Camp for 2 and 3-year-olds
  • Summer Day Camp for Pre-School and Kindergarten age
  • Summer Day Camp Enrichment Program for first through sixth grade

They are also offering a number of sports camps including:

  • Strength and Conditioning (grades 6-12)
  • Softball (grades 5-12)
  • Volleyball (grades 6-8)
  • Boys’ Basketball (grades 2-8)
  • Soccer (K-6th grade)
  • Girls’ Basketball (Grades K-8)
  • Baseball (Grades 3-8)
  • Football (Grades K-8)

Various fees apply for the Ezell-Harding sports camps and summer day camps. Visit their website for registration, dates and more details.

The Southeast Branch of the Nashville Public Library will continue to have its full schedule of free programming for youth and adults. Programs include story times, crafts and activities and much more. Starting June 3, the library will offer Drive-In Movie time at 2 p.m. All ages are welcome to the movie and light refreshments will be served.

On June 16 at the library, at 10:30 a.m., the Nashville Ballet will present Cinderella. The Fairy Godmother will present the story of Cinderella is a way that will entertain youth and adults alike.

There’s always fun to be had at Long Hunter State Park, including a playground and lots of walking trails. Swimming is available at the Anderson Road Recreation area, and of course the prices at Carmike 8 movie theater just can’t be beat.

What are your best bets for an Antioch summer?