Out and About – Tri-Cities Events – May 2016

Out and About – Tri-Cities Events – May 2016

Family Friendly Tri-Cities Events Going On This Month

Every month as we make our calendar we search for the greatest Tri-Cities Events and collect them here for you and your calendar. We are looking for family friendly and educational events that will get every family out and about.

Please note: some activities may be outside the Tri-Cities but all can be managed in a day trip. Let’s get out there and have some fun!


May 3rd, 10th, and 17th 2016 – Warrior’s Path – WOWW Walk

3pm (Meet at the pools entrance.)

Come wander in the wonder of the natural world! Be prepared to be “wowed” by the amazing discoveries in our nearby natural places.

These are some of our favorite homeschool field trips. I have blogged about two of the WOWW Walks we attended. Check those out!

Warriors Path WOWW Walk Review One and Warriors Path WOWW Walk Review Two.

Tennessee State Parks

Come wander in the wonder of the natural world! Be prepared to be “wowed” by the amazing discoveries in our nearby natural places. Beginning on March 1, 2016, YOUR State Park will be offering weekly nature rambles. Each Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 PM you can come along for an hour or so of nature exploration.


May 7th, 2016 – Johnson City Public Library Free Comic Book Day 

11am to 1pm

While supplies last, teens and adults can pick up one free comic book. We will also have crafts and activities for all ages. Feel free to dress up, and join the fun!

Meet Blades of Hope creator Maryam Awan, enjoy games and crafts, check out the library’s cast graphic novel collection, take a picture with Spiderman and his friends, and get a free comic! Special thanks to G2K Games.

Johnson City Public Library

On Wednesday, May 25th, the Johnson City Public Library will host a job fair for Mountain States Health Alliance’s Project Employment Hope. Project Employment Hope is an employment assistance program for individuals who are chronically unemployed, underemployed, disabled, living below the poverty line, or homeless.


May 7th, 2016 – Jr. Trout Tournament – Roan Mountain State Park

Starting at 8am

Kids ages six to 15 get a chance to catch “The Big One” and win prizes.  The Doe River is stocked with tagged fish prior to the event. Registration begins at the Park Amphitheater at 8:00 AM and fishing starts at 9:00 AM. Sponsored by the Elizabethton Elks Lodge and Roan Mountain State Park.  For more info, call 423-543-1360.

Tennessee State Parks

Located on TN Hwy 143 at the base of the majestic 6,285 Roan Mountain, Roan Mountain State Park encompasses more than 2,000 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges. The cool, clear Doe River winds its way through the center of the park and supports a healthy population of trout.


May 9th, 2016 – Special Event Mercury Transit Viewing at ETSU (Coordinating with Bay’s Mountain State Park)

10am to 3pm

It’s been ten years since tiny planet Mercury was seen to pass in front of the immense, but extremely far away Sun. Because of this rarity, the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club will be co-hosting a free, special public observing event with the ETSU Physics Department. A number of telescopes with proper filtration will be available. Observing is weather dependent. If clear, it will occur on Monday, May 9, 2016, at the ETSU CPA Front or Side Yard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If the weather does not cooperate, the public viewing will be canceled.


Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium | Kingsport, TN

Bays Mountain Park is home to two observatory structures housing a number of telescopic instruments. The smaller “roll-off” observatory was first opened around 1980. The “domed” observatory was completed in 1989. Both were constructed by club members and park staff. The current roster of instruments includes… Custom 8″ refractor owned by Milligan College.


May 10th, 2016 – Marine Science Careers at Ripley’s Aquarium at the Smokies

Talk with professionals who work in different areas of marine science and explore the idea of being a part of this field.

Home School Programs – Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Full payment is due upon booking. There are no refunds for any programs unless we must cancel the program. If you need to cancel your reservation and you do so more than 24 hours in advance of the program date, we will hold your payment as credit for a future program as long as it is within that school year.



May 11th, 2016 – Owl Pellet Dissection Workshop – Hands On! Museum

Owls are amazing creatures that swallow their prey whole.  Learn what owls eat as you dissect an owl pellet and reconstruct the skeleton found inside it.  Each child will receive an owl pellet.

Cost $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Ages 5-13.  Payment is required with registration by Monday, May 2nd.  To register, please call 423-434-4263 ext. 100, or email reservations@handsonmuseum.org.

Hands On! Regional Museum

Learn what owls eat, dissect an owl pellet, & reconstruct the skeleton found inside it. Ages 5-13. Registration required by 5/2. May 11, 2016 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Also at Hands On!  Superhero Science

May 14th, 2016 – Bird Walk – Sycamore Shoals State Park

Starting at 8am

Meet other birders and naturalists at Sycamore Shoals for a morning of birding during the migratory season.

Tennessee State Parks

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park protects the land that was the location of several important historic events that occurred in the late 18th century. Leaving the English colonies, settlers began arriving along the Watauga Old Fields, in search of a new life on what was Cherokee land.

May 14th, 2016 – 3rd Annual Chic-Fil-A 5K/1Mile – Steele Creek Park – Bristol

Starting at 8am

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Steele Creek Park (Bristol, Tenn.) as the course winds under canopy trees and along the lake. A Chick-fil-A breakfast, door prizes, music, and family-friendly activities to follow. Deck out in your best cow attire, take pictures with the Chick-fil-A Cows, and get ready for jaw-dropping surprises.


Annual Chick-fil-A Bristol Race for WinShape Camps

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May 18th through 22nd, 2016 – Wilderness Wildlife Week In Pigeon Forge 

Nature lovers, hikers, and outdoors enthusiasts unite for Wilderness Wildlife Week™ in Pigeon Forge! This event will take place May 18th through the 22nd, and as always it is free and open to the public.

Wilderness Wildlife Week has a variety of programs for all ages and different interests, ranging from programs specifically for the youngsters to guided hikes for the more adventurous folks. The programs will be offered from around 8:00 AM until around 7:30 PM daily.

Now comes the hard part – choosing between all of these great programs to attend! And don’t forget to visit the vendors for gear, handmade crafts, and the opportunity to see some wildlife up close.

Wilderness Wildlife Week – Hiking & Outdoor Activities in Pigeon Forge, TN

Dates: – 5/22/2016 Nature lovers, hikers, and outdoors enthusiasts unite for Wilderness Wildlife Week™ in Pigeon Forge! This event will take place May 18 th through the 22 nd , and as always it is free and open to the public.


Did I miss something wonderful?  Let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to add it! Tri-Cities Events are our focus but anything worth attending that can be included in a day trip is welcome. Thank you for stopping by my blog today! Please sign up for our newsletter to receive Out and About Lists every month as well as other family friendly posts!

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