Out and About Tri-Cities January 2017

Out and About Tri-Cities January 2017

Family Friendly Events in the Tr-Cities!

*Please note some events are outside of the Tri-Cities but all can be managed in a day trip. *

Happy New Year! We had an incredibly blessed Christmas and New Year and now that we are back to school, we are excited to make the most of this month. Here are some of the family friendly events we feel are worth checking out. Why not grab your calendar and schedule a few events to enjoy with your family?


Barnes and Noble Lego Skyline London and Chicago Event

Thursday – January 5th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Join Barnes and Noble to help build an exciting, new LEGO® Skyline collection in-store display for London and Chicago. Then after, enjoy being creative and collaborative with other customers by building with LEGO® Architecture Studio white bricks.

I have mentioned before how cool these Lego Architecture Sets are and what great learning opportunities they supply for students like my son. These kits are perfect for our grown or growing up Lego lovers. We have the New York Skyline and I love that it came with a booklet containing information about the designer, architecture, and history of each building, as well as historical facts about New York City and its architectural heritage. Very cool! If you haven’t discovered these yet, this event is the perfect opportunity to see what you have been missing.

Old Christmas: Militia Muster at Fort Watauga

January 7th and 8th, 2017

Here is a great Out and About Tri-Cities Event! Let’s get one last shot at Christmas by visiting Sycamore Shoals in Elizabethton. Christmas isn’t over yet!  European migrants brought Old World holiday traditions to America, from the Dutch Sinterklaas to the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Discover the English, German, Scottish and Irish roots of our modern holiday celebrations. Contact the park for a detailed schedule. They will also be offering Christmas tours of Carter Mansion for $5.00.

Johnson City Parks and Rec – Wildlife Emergencies & Coexisting With Your Wild Neighbors Class

January 11th from 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Learn how to be prepared in case of a wildlife emergency and when you should and should not intervene with wildlife. Tips for coexisting harmoniously with our feathered, furry, and scaly neighbors will be shared. Also, a brief introduction to wildlife rehabilitation and volunteer opportunities with WREN will be presented.

Steele Creek Park -Space Rocks and Winter Astronomy

January 13th at 5:30 pm

Meet Jeremy at the park Conference Room for a short discussion and activity in meteorites! Then, if it’s clear, we’ll go outside and identify some winter constellations!

Gray Fossil Site – Curious Coal

January 15th, 2017

Curious Coal Celebrate Miner’s Day by learning about the link between coal and fossils. Get an up close and personal look by examining coal specimens and core samples.

Bristol Motor Speedway Ice Rink

Now through January 15th, 2017

There is still time to take your family ice skating at the Bristol Motor Speedway. This is such a fun experience for everyone. Plus, they have hot cocoa!

Bay’s Mountain – New Planetarium Shows – The Hot and Energetic Universe & Appalachian Winter

The Hot and Energetic Universe runs all month and starts Jan. 3rd, 2017

Appalachian Winter runs all month long and starts January 7th

“The Hot and Energetic Universe” takes visitors on a cosmic journey. A journey that uses astronomical observatories throughout the world and those above the Earth’s atmosphere. All types of celestial phenomena are studied, but a focus is set upon those of high energy. These objects are part of the very hot and violent Universe.

“Appalachian Skies – Winter” will take visitors on a majestic tour of the evening sky using the spectacular Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector instrument. It’s fiber-optic generated star field is stunning and a pleasure to see. You don’t want to miss it! Produced in-house and led by planetarium staff, learn what fascinating constellations will be easily visible. Marvel at their ancient lore. Find out what planets are easily seen as well. Visitors will take this knowledge home and be able to locate these sights for themselves.

Thank you for stopping by Geez, Gwen! today!  We are so grateful for each of our readers. Please sign up for our free monthly Newsletter which includes more Out and About Tri-Cities Events and Activities as well as other family friendly posts to get you inspired.

Have a blessed New Year!


“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”      -Jeremiah 29:11

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