TOTS! - Cheekwood
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March – May | Tuesday – Saturday | 10 AM – 12 PM

TOTS! returns in 2024 with more fun for the little ones in the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden. Beginning March 9, tots and their guardians can enjoy drop-in style hands-on activities and storytimes Tuesday through Saturday. Join a member of the garden staff for a crowd favorite, Turtle Talks, as they feed the turtles and answer questions about the Children’s Garden’s shelled residents. Each week’s theme is inspired by current exhibitions or seasonal festivals, encouraging exploration of art and the natural world.

Hands-On Activities | 10 AM – 12 PM

Storytime | 10 AM, 10:45 AM, and 11:30 AM

Turtle Talks | 11:45 AM

Cheekwood GROWS Gardening Activity | 10 AM – 12 PM | Wednesdays Only

Once each month, enjoy an engaging bi-lingual song and storytime with Rachel Rodriguez.

The TOTS! program is weather permitting. Uncertain about the weather? Just give us a call at 615-353-9827 or keep an eye on our Instagram stories for updates day of. Don’t forget to bring your imagination and dress for mess!

Young girl painting in outdoors at Cheekwood

TOTS! 2024 Schedule

March: Belle Fleurs

3/9: The Eiffel Tower
3/12 – 3/16: Topiaries
3/19 – 3/22: Edgar Degas
3/23: No TOTS!
3/26 – 3/28: France’s National Flower: Iris
3/29 & 3/30: No TOTS!

April: Spring

4/2 – 4/6: Daffodils
4/9 – 4/13: Cherry Blossoms
4/16 – 4/19: Dogwood Trees
4/20: Dogs & Dogwoods
4/23 – 4/27: Arbor Day
4/30 – 5/4: Wildflower Fields

May: Classic Storybooks

5/7 – 5/11: Trolls
5/14 – 5/18: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
5/21 – 5/25: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
5/28: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
6/1: No TOTS!


Turtle Talks

Drop-in Turtle Talks | 11:45 AM Tuesdays – Saturdays
runs for about 10-15 minutes

Join a member of the garden staff at the turtle pond in the Children’s Garden each day as they feed the turtles and answer questions about the Children’s Garden’s shelled residents.

Cheekwood GROWS Gardening Activity

Drop-in gardening activity | Wednesdays from 10 AM – 12 PM

Join us for weekly drop-in gardening activities in the new Cheekwood GROWS garden. Children can get their hands dirty with seasonal gardening activities as they learn about plants, their parts, and what they need to grow.



Monthly Bi-lingual Song and Storytime with Rachel Rodriguez

March 19, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 16, August 6, September 3, October 1

Each month join us for a special storytime where tots learn about the month’s theme through songs and movement led by Rachel Rodriguez. Please note that this program is weather permitting and will be rescheduled if cancelled. Keep an eye on our Instagram stories for updates.

About Rachel Rodriguez:
Rachel is a singer, songwriter, teaching artist, performance coach, wife, and mother. Nothing maker her happier than watching people of all ages experience the joy of music and dance. She is the creator and founder of “Songs for My Little Amigos,” a bi-lingual music and movement program that focuses on promoting language learning, building community, and celebrating culture through the arts. For more information follow her at


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