Out and About Tri-Cities February 2017
Family Friendly Events in the Tri-Cities
*Please note some events are outside of the Tri-Cities but all can be managed in a day trip. *
We made it through January and what a trip it was! We started the month with a First Hike up Roan Mountain and it was incredibly beautiful! We also attended a great class on backyard gardens which left us excited for Spring. We visited an amazing local bakery, Petite Sweets, as they celebrated their anniversary and had a wonderful time enjoying their photo booth and most importantly their cupcakes! T took part in the Iron Chef Ramen Noodle Competition at the Johnson City Public Library and although his recipe was a bit too spicy he still had a blast! There was also a relaxing Art Day at Into the Fire where we got creative! We are looking forward to February and all the amazing events our local communities have to offer! So now is the time to grab your planner! We have gathered what we believe to be the best opportunities for family-friendly fun in the Tri-Cities! Here we go!
Groundhog Day Hike at Steele Creek Park in Bristol
Thursday – Feb. 2nd, 2017 at 4 pm
Meet Don at the Steele Creek Park Nature Center for a fun walk about not just these fascinating animals, but also the cosmic importance of this seemingly silly holiday! Following the hike will be a Fireside Chat with refreshments and an informal discussion on mammals, astronomy, history, and all other unexpected aspects of this holiday.
Observatory Open House at The Harry D. Powell Astronomical Observatory at ETSU
Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2017 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The ETSU Astronomical Observatory will be open to the public. Telescopes will be set up for viewing of astronomical objects. ETSU Physicist Dr. Frank Hagelberg will give a short presentation entitled “New Waves Out of Space”. The Open House will be canceled if the sky is cloudy. Learn more here.
Mommy and Me Painting at Into the Fire
Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 2017 from 10:00 am to noon
This is a fun morning for families to come make keepsake plates, mugs, etc with your little ones’ hands or feet prints. We’ve got fun project ideas and we open early for this special event.
*Free customization for this event. No Reservations Needed!
This event is a great option for those of you with younger kids.
Jonesborough Chocolate Fest
Saturday, Feb. 13th, 2017 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Tennessee’s Oldest Town is transforming into Tennessee’s Sweetest Town on February 13 with a new event dedicated to confectionery bliss.
The inaugural Chocolate Fest event is sponsored by the Jonesborough Area Merchants & Services Association as a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with savory sweets while encouraging folks to visit downtown. The event is centered towards the theme of “Forget Love…I’d Rather Fall in Chocolate.”
More than 20 businesses located throughout downtown Jonesborough will be offering special chocolate-themed treats for guests ranging from chocolate covered strawberries and other fruit to chocolate covered peanuts, rich chocolate clusters, and other sweet delicacies. The event will also include a Mr. and Mrs. Chocolate Fest Contest and Candy Bingo at The Lollipop Shop. Golden tickets will also be placed in selected bags, as guests will have a chance at winning cash prizes or gift certificates to local businesses.
Folks will receive a chocolate map upon check-in at the International Storytelling Center, where they can redeem their tickets at designated locations for chocolate treats. The tastings will consist of one or two tickets, pending on the size of the chocolate. Tickets are available in denominations of $5 and will only be available online at jonesboroughtn.org through Feb. 9. After Feb. 9, tickets will be available on Feb. 13 at the International Storytelling Center beginning at 10 a.m.
Naturally Yours – Natural NE TN Outdoors at Memorial Park Community Center
Monday, Feb. 13th, 2017 from 10:30 to 11:30 am
This is an opportunity to gather snippets of information about the NorthEast Tennessee outdoors. Effortlessly learn about the things found in our surrounding areas. This event is free and welcomes anyone 7 or over.
Homeschool Archaeology Class at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Wednesday, Feb. 15th, 2017 at 1:30 pm
OK, so this one requires a drive but what better destination could you ask for? Their homeschool classes are great and we look forward to them. This one – Archaeology– Covers the study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains. Hands-on activity included. Click here to learn more.
Maple Syrup Making with Pancake Breakfast at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site
Saturday, Feb. 18th, 2017 from 8:00 to 10:30 am (Syrup Making will continue until 3:00 pm)
Help gather sap flowing from the trees at Tipton-Haynes and watch it being boiled down to sweet maple syrup. Pancake breakfast begins at 8:00 through 10:30. Maple Syrup will be cooked down all day, so come on out and join us at any time! Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children twelve and under. Children three and under free. Breakfast is $1.00 extra.
Without A Trace? at the Natural History Museum in Gray
Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 2017
Not all fossils are created equal. Discover the four main types of fossils: trace, mold, cast, and true form. Then try out our footprint tracks and mold fossil impressions activities to see some key differences. Programs announced periodically throughout each day.
Johnson City CSA Fair at The Willowtree Coffeehouse
Saturday, Feb. 25th, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Join us in beautiful downtown Johnson City to meet local farmers offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares. What is a CSA? It is a subscription to a farm for a share of the harvest, usually a weekly or monthly box filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. CSAs are a convenient way for you to support your local farmers and eat healthier this year!
The CSA Fair will feature area farmers offering a variety of CSA options. Farms will offer options for different size shares and options for fresh produce, meat, eggs, bread and more!
There will be fun kids activities, door prizes and more. Come celebrate local food, meet your farmer, and sign up for healthier eating in 2017!
Snakes Alive at Bay’s Mountain
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm (other dates and times available)
Visit Bay’s Mountain to learn about the 23 different species of snakes that live in East Tennessee!
So there you have it! There is no reason to stay home this month!
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Be blessed today and always,