6 Family Friendly Adventures in Franklin You’ll Love

When the temperatures outside start to fall it doesn’t mean the family fun you’ve been having all summer has to come to an end. From friendly competition to sweet treats and movie magic, check out these six places around Franklin where you can take fun for the entire family indoors!


Third Coast Clay

Third Coast Clay

Third Coast Clay is a groovy little pottery painting place inside The Factory at Franklin where no artistic experience is needed. You can simply drop in, pick out a piece of clay and paint your own ceramic masterpiece. Need a hand painted ceramic bust of Darth Vader? How about a more classic coffee mug or cereal bowl? Third Coast Clay has a little something for every creative eye in the family.

Once you’ve painted your new showpiece, just leave it with the folks at Third Coast Clay.  They will glaze and fire it in the kiln for you, then one week later it’s ready to be picked up or they’ll even ship it right to your house.

Five Daughters Bakery

Five Daughters

When it’s cold outside, if you are like me, you want something warm and sweet to eat. The best place in town for that is hands down Five Daughters Bakery! Doughnuts that are famously 100 layers of everything sweet, tasty and downright magical make any day spent indoors a great one!

With a different selection of flavors every day, Five Daughters is the perfect place to visit over and over again. As an added bonus, it is only steps away from Third Coast Clay inside The Factory at Franklin!

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Sky Zone Trampoline Park 

Avoid the cold by working up a sweat and channeling your inner gymnast at SkyZone Trampoline Park. You can hit the Main Court of trampolines that stretches for as far as the eye can see to start your Olympic training and show off your Fab Five inspired like skills. If flips and cartwheels are not your style, take a dive into the foam zone with over 10,000 foam cubes, play some ultimate dodgeball or throw down a slam dunk like you never have before on SkySlam.

Franklin Theatre

Franklin Theatre

Take the whole family to a movie the way it is supposed to be viewed, on the big screen with a giant tub of popcorn, and inside a classic movie house. The Franklin Theatre shows a wide variety of movies for all ages, from kid-friendly matinees to the classics of the silver screen, all while giving you that classic movie experience – without breaking the bank.

The classic neon display that greets you over historic Main Street sets the mood perfectly for seeing a movie for the first time or sharing a classic with the next generation. It also makes for a great picture! And be sure to tag it #FranklinTN when you share it, we’d love to see it!

Kings Bowl

King’s Bowl

Take the competition inside to the lanes of King’s Bowl and keep the competitive juices flowing! King’s Bowl is far from your average bowling alley, though. They have 16 bowling lanes, plus a four-lane private room for those winter birthday parties and events along with a mouth-watering array of food choices from the executive chef. 

More than just bowling, there are also billiards, shuffleboard, foosball, air hockey and more for all the family to try their hand at. If music is more your style, you’ll love the Whiskey Room where there is a stage for live music and karaoke.

Extreme Escape Game

Extreme Escape Games

Put your problem-solving skills to the test while on the clock at Extreme Escape Game. With five different rooms to choose from, you can be the hero that defies a mad scientist, sniffs out a secret agent or prevents the zombie apocalypse. There is a catch, though. You and your group of up to 10 only have one hour to solve the mystery and escape the room!

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Visitor Center Storytime

BONUS: Story Time at the Visitor Center 

If you are looking for something special for the entire family around the holidays, stop into the Visitor Center on Saturdays in December for a special Holiday Storytime from some of your favorite Christmas characters. From Santa Claus himself, the Elf on the Shelf, Elsa & Olaf, and the Sugar Plum Fairy, all will be visiting on Saturdays to share their favorite Christmas tales.



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Matthew Maxey