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Family Friendly Brown County…At Home

Kids driving you nuts while you’re in lockdown? Without playgrounds, sports practices, and in-school time, we’re sure the kiddos are going crazy…and you are too! By now they are probably bored with being at home and dying to do something different. That’s where Brown County comes in!

Whether we’re a destination your family frequently visits or a place you’ve always wanted to come, it’s high time you enjoy Brown County…at home. Savor what makes us special and experience our kid-approved fun from the comfort of your couch.

Rather than a road trip, check out these things online and have family friendly Brown County delivered to your doorstep.

The Toy Chest –

Brown County’s go-to spot for toys has come up with some great packages, perfect for quarantine!

Choose from pre-assembled winners like the arts and crafts, puzzle, or game collection…or build your own package with whatever you like. These cool and creative bundles are sure to keep the kids occupied for hours! You don’t have to look far; these packages are right on The Toy Chest’s homepage. You also can do a bit of browsing on your own if you’re after a certain item. Have your treasures shipped to your house…or if you live within 25 miles of Nashville, The Toy Chest will deliver for free!

Copperhead Creek Gem Mine –

You don’t have to miss out on one of Brown County’s most unique activities just because you can’t visit. Now you can go gem mining at home!

Copperhead Creek Gem Mine will deliver gem and fossil bags of assorted sizes to your front door if you live within 30 miles of Nashville. If you live farther away, give them a call for shipping. All you need is a colander and hose for some panning playtime!

Rich Hill’s Magic & Fun Emporium –

A good way for the kiddos to pass the time is to take on a new hobby! Why not make it magic?

Rich Hill’s Magic & Fun Emporium has everything from jokes, pranks, and juggling supplies to step-by-step magic tricks for all levels of magicians out there. After the little ones spend hours learning exciting illusions, they can demonstrate the tricks they have up their sleeves for you! Order online and the items will “magically” show up at your house!

Candy Emporium and the Nashville Fudge Kitchen –

If you can’t savor the flavors of Brown County in person, you might as well be doing it at home! Treat the kids to their favorite sweets. Yes, we know this one may be a double-edged sword as the sugar-high is real. But…the fond Brown County memories that a delicious bite of chocolate brings back will be oh-so worth it. Your kids will think so too! Plus, you can never have enough snacks when you’re stuck at home. Visit the Candy Emporium’s website for homemade truffles and candy of all kinds. Check out the Nashville Fudge Kitchen’s online store for flavored gourmet popcorn, candy, taffy, and of course, fudge! It’s a great way to get a taste of Nashville without having to leave home!

Sweetea’s Tea Shop –

Tea for kids? Yes, indeed! Order some scrumptious loose-leaf tea from Sweetea’s for an at-home Brown County tea party.

With several yummy kinds to choose from, the kids are sure to find a tea that tickles their taste buds. Sweetea’s also has tea latte kits in flavors like blueberry or cinnamon roll that are guaranteed to be a hit…and will leave you wanting an invite to the party!

Brown County State Park –

We know it’s not the same thing as letting the kiddos run off that energy in person, but the family can still enjoy the Brown County State Park virtually! Tune in to the State Park’s Facebook page every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for #TrailTuesdays. Not only will a naturalist take the kids on a virtual stroll through the woods, but they’ll also learn all about the featured trail. Almost as good as a real hike…with some cool facts along the way! Tune in on Fridays at 1 p.m. for virtual programs from the Nature Center. Each Friday will cover a different topic such as wildflowers, water, and hidden historic villages.

Check out this week's #TrailTuesday video! This week we hike Trail 3 to learn more about bugs and ferns! We hope you get to take a hike soon!

Posted by Brown County State Park on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

There’s also the option to hike Brown County’s trails using Google Maps. Kids are more technologically-savvy than we give them credit for! Hand over the computer and let the kids use street view to follow along the trails virtually. They’ll know what to do!

Fallen Leaf Books –

Have a bookworm in the family? Check out Fallen Leaf Books!

Brown County’s only bookstore, Fallen Leaf has tons of great children’s books for all levels of readers. You’ll even find activity books, picture books, young adult novels, and old vintage kid’s stories for your little ones to enjoy. Shop online and Fallen Leaf will deliver!

Brown County Coloring Book –

A neat way to experience the sights of Brown County without actually visiting is our cool coloring book!

Each page has a different Brown County scene and is perfect for bringing the destination to you. It is technically an adult coloring book, so it may not be the best for super young kids. But with a little precision and detail, your older ones will be able to conquer it. Heck, you may even want to join in the fun! You can find it on our online store.

There you have it…how to experience family friendly Brown County at home! Stay safe and we’ll see you back here in person sometime soon.

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