Out and About Tri-Cities – March 2019
Family Friendly Events In the Tri-Cities and Just Beyond
If you are looking for family-friendly events in the Tri-Cities, you have come to the right place. Our mission at Geez, Gwen is to encourage families and couples to get out and explore and learn together as often as possible. We also strive to be a source of information for excellent volunteer opportunities that you can take part in to improve our community and the lives and well being of our neighbors. Welcome!
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Tree Keepers Seminar at Steele Creek Park
Saturday – March 2nd, 2019 from 8:30 am to 2 pm
Join us for a day filled with practical workshops and interesting topics, all about plants! There will be door prizes and a light breakfast and lunch will be served. There is a $10 fee for this event and you can call 423.764.4023 or visit https://bristoltn.recdesk.com to sign up!
New Moon Star Gazing
Wednesday – March 6th, 2019 from 8 pm to 9 pm
Join Ranger Phil Hylen at the Picnic Shelter 1 field to enjoy the March New Moon. This dark sky viewing will take place from 8-9PM with a telescope set up on different celestial objects and a viewing of the constellations.
Kingsport Public Library BOOK SALE!
March 7th to 10th, 2019 – Click here for the schedule.
Join us for our annual Friends of the Kingsport Public Library Book Sale March 7-10, 2019, at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium! Thousands of used books and other media will be available for purchase. Prices starting at $0.25! Sales of $25 or greater: Cash or Credit; Sales under $25: Cash only. Profits from the sale will go to the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library and First Book of Greater Kingsport.
Hike to Sinking Waters at Warrior’s Path State Park
Monday – March 11th, 2019 from 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Meet at the golf course parking area for a sunrise hike to the boardwalk of the Sinking Waters trail. Be sure to bring your camera for some wildlife shots, sturdy shoes, and bottled water.
Rain cancels, so please watch the park Facebook page for an announcement.
“Where is the Woodbooger?” Book Reading and Craft at The Mall at Johnson City
Wednesday – March 13th, 2019 from 10 am to 11 am
Join us as we go on a literary adventure tracking down the Woodbooger with local Author Jahmal Potter. Jahmal will be onsite reading his latest book “Where is the Woodbooger?” and hang around for book sales and signing as children use their imagination to make their very own Woodbooger feet!
St. Patrick’s Day Pop-In Workshop at Hand’s On Museum
Saturday – March 16th, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm
Stop in anytime between 10 am and 2 pm to expose some Leprechaun secrets! Make Leprechaun slime, create your own solar-powered, color-changing Leprechaun bead bracelet, and grow Leprechaun “eggs” that emerge and vanish in a blink of an eye. Children must be supervised at all times, due to small parts this workshop is recommended for ages 3+. Materials fee of $5 per person for Hands On! Discovery Center members, $7 per person for non-members, while supplies last.
Springtime in Haynesville: Civil War Encampment at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site
Saturday – March 16th, 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm
Come and enjoy a day with Civil War reenactors of the Department of East Tennessee as they drill for the new year. Experience camp life and learn how the infantry and artillery would have prepared for battle. Also, enjoy a tour through the historic house and explore the cave and woods. Regular admission price is required while members are free. ($5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 to 3)
“I Lift My Eyes” – Concert Choir in Seeger Chapel at Milligan College
Sunday – March 17th, 2019 at 3 pm
Join the Milligan Concert Choir as they cap their choir tour with a home concert in beautiful Seeger Chapel. Conducted by Dr. Noah DeLong, the choir will present songs of trust and assurance in an uplifting program inspired by Psalm 121. Concert selections will include “He Watching Over Israel” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” by Moses Hogan, “I Will Lift My Eyes” by Jake Runestad, and many more.
History Happy Hour at Chester Inn Museum in Jonesborough
Thursday – March 21st, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
History Happy Hour will be held at the Chester Inn Museum on the third Thursday of the month. Admission is free, and the program will start at 6:30 p.m. The goal of the program is to offer insightful history to the public, foster a collaborative relationship with various individuals and organizations, and increase the role of the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum as a community meeting place. For more information, please call our office at 423.753.9580 or the Chester Inn Museum at 423-753-4580.
Daddy Daughter Date Night at Into The Fire
Friday – March 22, 2019, from 6 pm to 8 pm
Bring your little girl, or big girl, in to paint for a night with Dad! Enjoy time together, painting the pottery of your choice.
$10 studio fee per couple, includes a sweet treat to share!
Please call to reserve your table!
Roan Mountain Spring Hike
Saturday – March 23rd, 2019 from 10 am to 12 noon
Kick off the Spring Season with an early Spring nature hike. This quarterly hike is a series of several Spring Hikes across the State of Tennessee. Join Ranger Phil Hylen for a 2-mile hike along the Cloudland Nature Trail and Peg Leg Mine Trail while looking for early blooming wildflowers, migrating birds, and salamander activity. This hike will meet at 10:00 AM at the park Visitor’s Center and will end in the same location at ~Noon. This hike is limited to 30 people and is free to register. Save your spot today by clicking the green registration button on this page.
Crazy Art Night at Bristol Public Library
Thursday – March 28th, 2019 at 6 pm
Get crazy crafty on crazy art day here in the teen room! See how crafty you can get with a 2-foot long paintbrush or see what you can create while painting with your toes! Laughs and crazy art are guaranteed!
Mother Son Date Night at Into The Fire
Friday – March 29, 2019, from 6 pm to 8 pm
Bring your little boy, or big boy, in to paint for a night with Mom! Enjoy time together, painting the pottery of your choice.
$10 studio fee per couple, includes a sweet treat to share!
Please call to reserve your table!
Becoming a Naturalist Class at Roan Mountain State Park
Saturday – March 30th, 2019 from 10 am to 12 noon
Have you ever aspired to learn more about the natural world around you? Many people who learn to make these observations and learn more about them have earned the title “Naturalist.” Join Park Ranger Phil Hylen at 10 AM on Saturday, March 30th at the old park restaurant above cabins 1-20 to awaken your inner naturalist and learn how to make deeper observations about nature. This mini-workshop will give a very basic overview of how to notice details in nature, record your observations, and learn more about them. This program will include a classroom portion and an outdoor session. Be sure to dress in layers and be prepared for precipitation. Be sure to bring a camera for any good wildlife photo ops.
Registration for this program is limited to 20 individuals. The cost is $10 for teens and adults while children 12 and under register for free. Register your spot today by clicking the registration button on this page.
All Month Long – Family Friendly Events
I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage at The Birthplace of Country Music
Now through April 2019
The Volunteer State has been the birthplace of some of the most influential music in the world, illustrated by the Beale Street blues clubs in Memphis, the R&B scene on Nashville’s Jefferson Street, and Knoxville’s Gem Theater. I Have a Voice gives a snapshot of African American Tennesseans’ important contribution to American music, including spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and soul music. In turn, their music has influenced and enriched music around the world. From the early blues legends of W. C. Handy and Bessie Smith to the soul hits of STAX Records in Memphis, visitors can learn about various performers, getting the chance to hear the voices and the stories of many of the African American musicians from Tennessee who made their mark on American music and beyond.
Mystery Mondays at Bristol Public Library (Children’s Department) at 6 pm
Children will do crafts and activities before gathering clues to solve a mystery and discover a hidden treasure in the library. No registration required!
Teen Coding Courses (Mondays at 4 pm) at Johnson City Public Library
Introductory coding classes are back by popular demand! Learn the basics of the Swift coding language in a6-weekk course taught by Logan Craft. Classes are offered Mondays from 4-5. Participants need only to register for and attend on Mondays.
This program is intended for ages 12-18. Registration is required and holds the participant’s spot for all 6 classes. Visit our e-calendar at www.jcpl.org/calendar or call 423-434-4349 to register.
Homeschool Club at Bristol Public Library Thursdays (March 7th and 24th, 2019) at 2:30 pm
When I Grow Up: Occupations and more! Explore different careers, roles & hobbies you might like to pursue. Design your dream home, write a letter to your future self, and much more! Ages 5-12. Please register in advance by calling the library at 860-584-7790
FairyTale Friday at Bristol Public Library (Children’s Department)
Every Other Friday at 10 am (March 8th and 22nd)
Join us every other Friday beginning February 8 at 10:00 am for Fairytale Fridays! This all-ages storytime will feature different tellings of fairytales and a craft. No registration required.
Out of Town – Family Friendly Trips
Titanic Welcomes Families With Autism
The Titanic Museum welcomes families with autism every Thursday starting March 7. at 8:30 a.m. You and your family are welcome to enjoy the ship before we open to the public. Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge is an educational setting both welcoming and inclusive for people with autism and their families. The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge is pleased to provide a safe, comfortable way to introduce the Museum to families of children with autism.
Does your family member have light and/or sound sensitivity? Titanic is equipped with LOW lighting. Your experience will include sound. If your family member has a sound sensitivity it is recommended you bring your noise-canceling headphones to use during your visit. We look forward to sharing the Titanic story in a safe environment with your amazing child.
Reservations required. Please call (800) 381-7670 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm EST daily to make your reservation. Space can accommodate a limited number of families.
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