Homeschool Opportunities And Discounts For The Locals
For those of us homeschooling in Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport, Elizabethton, Gray, & Jonesborough
We are now in our seventh year of homeschooling and we have been so blessed by being part of the homeschool community that makes up the Tri-Cities and the surrounding areas. I have put together a list of some of the best homeschool discounts, most trustworthy homeschool groups and co-ops, as well as classes and opportunities that are great resources for all homeschooling families in our area.
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Discount Tuesdays! Save big on tickets to Tuesday showtimes!* Plus, pair a Cameo popcorn with your choice of a 21 oz. ICEE® or a Cameo fountain drink for just $5+tax on Tuesdays.
Experience amazing natural beauty located deep beneath the Earth’s surface. The site features guided tours of the caverns, a campground, picnic area, gem mine, and gift shop.
Groups of ten or more and everyone gets in at the child’s rate of $7.50. For groups of more than ten please contact them for rates.
- Planetarium Programs
- Nature Programs and Classes
- Astronomy Club
- $5 per vehicle
- Planetarium Theater Shows: $5 per person for ages 6 and older.
Children 5 and under will receive a free pass.
- Nature Programs: $3 per person (any age).
- Extended Nature Program (2 hours): $6 per person
- Barge Rides: $5 per person (any age).
- Zip Line: $10 per person (any age).
If you are home-educating your teenagers and don’t want to teach EVERY subject, you’ve come to the right place! The group includes families from throughout Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. Some students just take one course; other students take a full day or two of classes.
Beautiful and majestic Bristol Caverns!
Far below the earth’s surface, in the timeless beauty of Bristol Caverns, a strange and exciting experience awaits you. Paved, well-lighted walkways wind through the vaulted chambers and along the banks of the ancient Underground River that carved these remarkable caverns from the hard core of the earth 200 to 400 million years ago.
Call your co-op! Groups of 20 or more receive reduced pricing. Adults $15 and Children $6.50. Call ahead to schedule.
Homeschool Skate – Every Wednesday from 10:30 am to 1 pm
- Non-skating parents are free
- Tiny Tot Strollers $3
- 3 or more children – $5 (each additional child $3 – no cousins, neighbors, etc)
Skoolzoutt is an event operated by Camp Ta-Pa-Win-Go and is held on select days throughout the school year. During holidays and days off from school, Camp Ta-Pa-Win-Go will send a bus to your area in order to bring you to camp for a FREE DAY of fun! Skoolzoutt activities will vary throughout the school year and include things like zipline, archery, games, Bible stories, and loads of fun! Lunch is included. For Grades for 3 -6. Get details and sign up right here.
Earn A Free Week of Camp With The Mailbox Club
Camp Ta-Pa-Win-Go, located in Watauga, TN is giving a FREE week of summer camp in 2021 to students in grades 3-12 who complete 10 Mailbox Club Bible lessons between October and March and have not attended our overnight camp before. (a $220 value.)
Dare 2 Dance Dance Classes
The class will last an hour and consist of beginner dance patterns in waltz, foxtrot, tango, rumba, cha-cha, and swing.
- Age: 7 to 18/19 yrs old
So this is my Facebook page. I post a lot of homeschool related material. What may be of special interest on here is my monthly Out and About Posts which include a list of upcoming events that are family-friendly. I also include a monthly volunteer opportunity as well as any special Homeschool Days events.
This brand new all-ages science center offers fun interactive programs and exhibits that include a musical Tesla coil, giant building blocks, and a maker studio inviting guests to engineer a rocket, create a masterpiece, and uncover something new. Get up close and personal with an active prehistoric fossil dig site dating back 5 million years. Enjoy exhibits and programs featuring plant and animal fossils that have been unearthed at the site.
Homeschool Teachers get free admission with proof of homeschool. Students age 4 – 17 are $10 and 3 and under are free.
*Note: Gray and Jonesborough libraries offer free passes that you can check out just like a book. Check with your local library for details and availability.*
A gym where every coach has a quality education and background. Where a profile based curriculum was expertly and custom-designed to meld efficient skill acquisition with a challenging work ethic. Where the payoff is joy in achievement, confidence in overcoming, improvement in fluidity, strength, grace, speed and much, much more.
Homeschool gym for $5/child with a max of $12/family on Thursday each week.
Homeschool Activities for the Tri-Cities TN areas near or in Kingsport, Johnson City, & Bristol. This is a group to advertise or find Homeschool Days, Sports, Activities, P. E. Etc. It is ONLY to be used for activities that homeschoolers can do.
Just Jump Trampoline Park is the Tri-Cities’ first facility of its kind as a 22,000 square-foot state-of-the-art entertainment, fitness and sports facility. The open jump space, dodge ball, three-lane airbag jump, gladiator pit, two basketball dunking goals, and an obstacle course make it a premier location for family fun
We love this place and I even reviewed it right here. They are offering even better deals this year. 1 hour for $5, 1.5 hours for $7.50 and 2 hours for $10. These rates are available Monday – Thursday, 1-3 pm when public schools are in session (so not on holidays or breaks).
A unique educational opportunity for home-schooled children is available in Kingsport, Tennessee. Kingsport Christian Academy (KCA), hires Christian educators to teach individual subjects several days a week. Parents then homeschool on alternate days.
One of the most substantial benefits of KCA is its flexibility. A child may take a single class in which his parents feel inadequate as a teacher (i.e. Advanced Physics). Or, he may take multiple classes. Each year KCA offers more classes and as children get older this will allow for a gradual transition toward independence.
KCA is a wonderful resource for parents who are trying to teach multiple grade levels simultaneously. Furthermore, the high quality of education provided by KCA assists many parents in homeschooling through the upper grades.
- Ages 6 and up.
- $15 per child per session (5 sessions in a school year)
- V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex (301 Louis Street)
- Call (423) 224-2489 or (423) 343-9723
Memorial Park Community Center
Homeschool Swim(Open to all ages)
Location: Memorial Park Community Center Teaching Pool, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: $2/12 and under $3/13+
To register: Register in person
For more info call: 423-434-5755
HOMESCHOOL HIKES (FAB FRIDAYS) (Open to homeschool families)
There is a new way of hiking that gives less walking time and more exploring time. Kids have questions that lead to different learning, hiking and exploring experiences. Hikes will take place in the Johnson City Parks system.
Location: Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City
Dates: Fridays, March 6 – April 24 weather permitting
Time: 9:30 a.m.
For more info call: 423-434-5749
The East Tennessee Children’s Choir (ETCC) and Emory Virginia Children’s Choir (EVCC) provide children in grades 4 and up with a quality education in music and healthy vocal technique. The choirs are dedicated to singing high-quality choral repertoire from throughout history and around the globe. Singers receive a strong foundation in healthy choral technique, music literacy, solfege, and part singing. Most importantly, we wish to instill a love and passion for singing and musical excellence that will encourage lifelong participation in the arts.
Rehearses on Mondays from 4:00-5:30 pm throughout the school year at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City
NETHEA is the Northeast Tennessee regional branch of THEA (Tennessee Home Education Association). We serve homeschoolers in Washington, Greene, Sullivan, Johnson, Hawkins, Hancock, Unicoi, and Carter Counties.
NETHEA sponsors events such as the area high school graduation ceremonies, spring, and fall camping trips, and academic fair, geography bees, a huge used curriculum fair in late spring, area-wide Standardized testing for those interested in participating and more.
Paramount Bristol is a multi-use performing arts center in the heart of downtown Bristol presenting music, dance, comedy, film, theater and family entertainment. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, its lavish interior, and iconic marquee are characteristic of Art Deco movie palaces built in the 1930s.
Paramount does offer student discounts to many of their shows. In addition, some of their plays or ballets offer exclusive showings for Elementary aged students with special discounts. These events and discounts vary, so it is best for individuals or groups interested in participating to see our website, paramountbristol.org, or call the Box Office at (423) 274-8920.
Quantum Leap will change the way you think about family fun. With over 41,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines, arcade, café, laser tag arena, Badl Axe throwing and much more.
$5 per child for groups who call ahead! (Regularly $12 an hour)
Head to the historic site and back to the year 1791. Costumed interpreters take visitors through the log home of Rocky Mount and out-buildings and give you a personal look at living in the Southwest Territory. These interpreters portray Cobb family members, neighbors, and servants. They invite visitors to join them as their guest in the Cobb house. In the house, visitors will view such treasures as the 1720s Richard Midgley clock and hear stories about the Cobb family, Governor Blount, life on the frontier, and the latest gossip of the territory.
- Admission is $5 for everyone ages 5 and older, with a family rate of $20 for families of 5 or more. (Members of Rocky Mount are $3 for everyone ages 5 and older, with a family rate of $10.)
- Each craft is $3 per child per session.
Steele Creek Park Disc Golf and Nature Center
- Disc Golf Course may be rented for full or partial day rates for tournaments or private
- Disc rental available $5 for 3 hours
- Park entry fee of $2 to play our disc golf course
- Visit the Golf Shop for the area’s best Disc selection
Nature Center offers a 2 story, 5,000 square foot educational facility which showcases the natural history and beauty of the Southern Appalachians! Inside you will find live animals and educational displays about the natural world inside Steele Creek Park. We offer guided hikes and educational public programs year-round.
The State of Franklin Homeschoolers (SOFH) is an inclusive, secular home education support network, providing social, creative and educational opportunities for homeschooling families. Our homeschooling community supports all current or potential homeschoolers, regardless of their race, religion, creed, personal lifestyle, political ideology, or educational philosophy. Our members come from Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina. Most meetings are held in Johnson City, TN or elsewhere in the Tri-Cities area.
Based in Kingsport, Tennessee, STREAMWORKS is a new educational program that delivers enhanced opportunities for students (grades K–12) to participate in exciting mentor and project-based programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills; inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities. Pricing and details here.
- From 11 am to 3 pm on Wednesday’s
- Purchase a cup for just $3
TEACH offers the opportunity for fellowship, friendships, field trips, activities, an athletics program, high school and kindergarten graduation, a spring formal, spelling bee, science fair, Modern Woodman Speech Contest, back-to-school picnic, yearbook, Co-op, mom’s night out & more.
TO JOIN TEACH please request membership online and pay your annual family membership fee of $30. For details click here.
Facebook Group – This is a place for homeschool families in the Tri-Cities, TN to share information and resources with each other. All homeschoolers are welcome.
Music and Dance Classes
Trinity Arts Center works hard, not only to create and support high-quality education and performance opportunities, but also, to serve parents, students, patrons, and our faculty well by being creative, organized, empathetic, and communicating well in order to serve, love, and support the creative people around us.
Science lessons for homeschool and private groups.
$20/ Parents. $15/ Teachers. $10/students. *1 Teacher free for every 10 students*
*Minimum of 8 total participants required*
Gear, water, snacks, and supplies for learning included. Our guides have passed background checks. These trips are approx. 2 hours.
If you have never experienced a virtual reality arcade, you have no idea of the fun, education, and entertainment you are missing. With our new, family-friendly VR arcade, we provide a range of different virtual reality games that range from escape room thrillers and challenges to games that are perfect for the entire family.
Thursdays from 2 pm to 4 pm
$20 for each child for an hour plus of VR (unlimited games and experiences) and it’s $10 for each additional family member.
Out of Town Adventures!
Join us for hands-on activities and demonstrations that highlight the Vanderbilt’s travels and life at home.
This is a one-day event. Your choice of Thursday or Friday includes a morning or afternoon time at the Homeschool Festival area. You will then enjoy the rest of your day with a self-guided visit in Biltmore House, Gardens, Conservatory, Antler Hill Village and Winery. All Homeschool activities will be held near the Antler Hill Farm area.
We love attending their Homeschool Days events. They take you all over Biltmore and their learning opportunities around every corner. We toured the mansion, toured the grounds, visited the solar panel fields, spoke with wildlife experts, and so much more during our last visit. Last year tickets were just $23 each! When I went back to see the Christmas trees without the visit it was over $70 so this is a great deal!
Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge is a unique and educational resource, providing children of East Tennessee with the opportunity to learn while playing-to create, discover, solve, and experience, within non-traditional, interactive exhibit galleries. We bring teachers, parents, caregivers, and children together in an educational environment where classroom learning is supplemented, imaginations are kindled, and learning opportunities in the arts, sciences, and history abound.
The Children’s Museum is a dynamic cultural center that features innovative exhibitions, programs and workshops for all ages. Science, art, and history are emphasized in hands-on learning opportunities that encourage young people to understand their cultural heritage, environment and the world around them. Educators are encouraged to utilize the Museum’s numerous resources -over 20,000 objects, archival holdings, audio/videotapes, books, and magazines.
Groups of ten or more are just $5.00 each.
We love Chimney Rock. I wrote about it too – right here. Their Homeschool Days Event includes these deals: $14 adult admission, no charge for adult annual pass holders, $14 youth (ages 5-15) admission and programs, $8 Rockin’ Discovery pass holder. You do need to call to make a reservation.
Chimney Rock’s Fall Homeschool Day is our largest homeschool event of the year. The morning engages students through hands-on programs designed to help foster their appreciation of the natural world around us. Stay after lunch and hear more about what NC State Park Rangers do or take a guided hike on one of our popular trails. Don’t worry, the fun doesn’t have to end with us. Check out what our partners have going on this same week and plan to stay a few days!
Save BIG by attending Dollywood Homeschool Days! This year admission is just $37 for homeschool students and $48 for parents. Plus students get a free lunch. Splash Country Admission is just $37 during Homeschool Days as well. You can also save big by staying at Dolly’s Dream More Resorts during the event! A beautiful place and rooms start at just $93 a night.
We love this place! It’s really amazing and last time we went our tickets were just $9.00 each! They don’t have special days you have to wait for either, all year long you can use your homeschool discount! And you should…
History, science, geography, language, and social studies are fun to learn when boys and girls participate in the “teacher-approved” Titanic Scavenger Hunt at the World’s Largest Titanic Museum Attraction.
Upon entering the World’s Largest Titanic Museum Attraction, students will receive a ‘boarding’ pass with the name of a passenger who made the maiden voyage. Using the ‘ship’ as a classroom, students learn life lessons… on their scavenger hunt sheet.
Our most used discount. Wherever you live, check out your local aquarium because most do offer homeschool discounts! Our favorite place is Ripley’s and we go so often that we are familiar with those who call it home quite personally. $10.99 entry with id. They also offer homeschool classes if you are close enough to attend! Details right here.
Homeschool Days come several times a year and offer tickets for only $12 per person +tax or $10 per person +tax if you have a group of 10 or more! Find the dates here.
There we have them! This is really just the tip of the iceberg. If you have a group or class or event you think other homeschoolers would benefit from you are welcome to leave the details in the comments section below or you can email me directly at email@example.com and I will review and include it if approved.
Homeschooling is a blessing and sharing the best parts of the journey with one another is how we best assist the homeschool community we are a part of. I send out a monthly Out and About Post which includes family-friendly events and educational opportunities as well as a volunteer opportunity, so please be sure to subscribe to make sure you get that.
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