Out and About Tri-Cities March 2017

Out and About Tri-Cities March 2017

Family Friendly Events in the Tri-Cities

Every month as we plan our schedule, we gather the best events in the Tri-Cities and share them with you! As a homeschooling family we are especially interested in anything educational but as long as it is family-friendly fun we are game!  Check out this months collection of outstanding family-friendly events you and your family can enjoy!

First, I have to say, February was awesome! The Groundhog Day Hike at Steele Creek Park was one of our favorite trips! We also were happy to take part in the 100K Tree Day! We picked up our trees and they are, as of now, lovingly nestled in the earth. We are already looking forward to March! So grab your calendar and make some plans to enjoy all that our community has to offer and make some memories with your family!

Events in the Tri-Cities (and just beyond)

Read Across America Celebration at Chic-Fil-A

Thursday, March 2nd from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Johnson City Chic-Fil-A on West Market Street

We have outgrown this event but I had to share because we both still love Dr. Suess! No registration is required, just show up. Here are the details: Celebrate Read Across America day with US! We will be doing fun crafts to make some books come to life as we read!

Sylvan’s STEM and Robotics Hour at Barnes and Noble

Saturday, March 4th from 2 pm to 3 pm

Come join us for our free, fun Robotics and Coding demo. Learn how to build your own robot and program it to dance. If you enjoy video games, learn how to create and code your very own! Grow your knowledge while having fun with friends. Join us the first Saturday of every month from 2 to 3 pm.

Mastodon Madness at the Gray Fossil Site and Museum

March 7th through March 26th

Learn about some of our favorite Proboscideans:  mastodons, mammoths, and elephants.  Discover fun facts about their past and what makes these animals similar and different.  Programs announced periodically throughout each day.

Skywarn Storm Spotters Training in Johnson City

Saturday, March 11th from 10 am to noon at the Johnson City Public Library

We are fascinated with weather, so this one ranks pretty high on our to-do list. Here are the details: Representatives from the National Weather Service in Morristown will teach interested citizens how to identify and report severe weather and what to do to keep you and your families safe. Not recommended for very young children.

Ring in spring with some fun and silly springtime science experiments. You won’t believe your eyes in our growing marshmallow Peeps experiment, test out an EGG-cellent floating egg experiment, and even try out some candy chromatography. The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. (***Please note this program may contain peanuts and small parts that may not suitable for children under 3 years of age.) For details and pricing click here.

Ripley’s Aquarium at the Smokies Homeschool Zoology Class

Wednesday, March 15th – Grades K-4 at 12:30 pm and Grades 5 – 8 at 1:30 pm

Zoology– Study of the behavior, structure, physiology, classification and distribution of animals. Hands-on activity included. Please click here for pricing and registration. *Please note this one is not in the Tri-Cities but can be done in a day trip.*

Spring Hike 2017

Saturday, March 18th at any of your favorite Tennessee State Parks

Join us at all 56 Tennessee State Parks for our annual Spring Hike series. This is a great opportunity to shed the winter blahs, make new friends and explore Tennessee’s natural side.

Whether you are looking for a short nature trail or an adventurous, all-day endeavor through a park’s most remote stretches, you’ll find what you’re looking for at a Tennessee State Park. All hikes will be guided by park staff who can speak to the natural, cultural and historical treasures the park has to offer. Click here for details.

Spring Theatrical Production at Milligan College

Thursday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 26th at Gregory Center of the Arts

Toby, with his red wig and freckled face, is an American folk character. Early in the nineteen hundreds, he made his first entrance on the stage.  With his country jokes and lovable personality, Toby became the most popular character in tent repertoire theatres playing in the small towns of the South and Midwest.  He is a country boy, funny and helpful, who always outsmarts the city-slickers, and who always brings about a happy ending. The show is family friendly.

All seats are $5. Advance tickets go on sale March 1 at the Milligan Bookstore, 423.461.8733. Showtimes vary by date. Click here to get details.

Crockett Cabin Raising at Davy Crockett State Park

Starting Friday, March 24th at 8 am and going through Sunday, March 26th at 5 pm.

The Crockett family is getting a new home. Experience living history at its best, as 18th-century reenactors use period correct tools to raise a cabin from the ground up. Period correct attire is required to participate, but the public is welcome to witness this special event. Reenactors are invited to camp along the banks of the Nolichucky River in period tentage. Firewood and straw are provided for campers, and food will be provided for volunteers on Friday-Sunday.  Bring your own utensils! For more information click here.

New Show – Connections – at Bay’s Mountain Planetarium

Running from March 4th through April 30th, 2017

“Connections” is an incredible journey that you’ll take from our own back yard to the farthest reaches of space. Our premier in-house full-dome production immerses you in a multitude of environments in which you are literally surrounded with beautiful imagery and sound. From the serenity of a wooded forest to the awe-inspiring majesty of the constellations, planets, galaxy, and universe, you’ll be amazed to see that we are all connected. Connections highlights many educational standards.

The focus being on how all things are connected. We learn by our senses to see that a forest, a field, or deep space are all three-dimensional and that we can move about to gain an understanding of our place in the Cosmos. Students will realize that all things cast shadows and that day and night are determined if the sun is shining above or is behind a planet respectively. Our movement on land, an animal’s motion in a forest, or a planet’s rotation and revolution are all different examples of how things move. Part of our connection with the night sky is through the history of observations and mythology. Ancient constellations and modern line drawings are shown to illustrate our human ancestry and the fun of getting out under your own night sky. The show will be followed by a tour of our current night sky.

Show length ~40 min. – Click here for pricing and showtimes.

Celebrate Irish Month at Titanic

All Month Long

*Special Homeschool Rates for just $9.00 through May. Click here for details.*

The Titanic was built in the heart of Ireland and this month the Titanic Museum Attraction salutes everything Irish from Gaelic folklore, music, singing, and dancing. Discover and learn about Titanic’s Irish roots galore all this month at the Titanic Museum.

*Again this one is outside of the Tri-Cities but makes a great day trip!*

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Be blessed,



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