Out and About Tri-Cities – April 2019

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Out and About Tri-Cities – April 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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Local Family Fun

Evening Star Party – New Moon at Hands On Museum

Friday – April 5th, 2019 from 8 pm to 10 pm

Join us for some out-of-this-world star gazing!  Take a turn using our Celestron NexStar computerized telescope or astronomy binoculars.  The Moon will be located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This is the best time of the month to observe other faint objects in the night sky since there is no moonlight interference. Weather permitting, stay tuned to social media for more information and for updates regarding weather.  Limited access to scopes and binoculars based on attendees.  Admission is $3 per person ages 4+, under 4 are free.  Exhibit spaces are closed during this event.  Made possible in part by TVA.

Hide and Peep Egg Hunt at The Mall at Johnson City

Saturday – April 6th, 2019 at 9:30 am

Join us Saturday, April 6th at 9:30 AM for our Hide and Peep Egg Hunt and make new memories with the kids! The event consists of an Easter Egg Hunt for ages 0-12. Kids will be divided into four age groups: 0-2 *  3-4 * 5-6 * 7-12
Each age category will have the chance to find the golden egg filled with a FREE Easter Bunny Photo package and Easter basket.
This is a free event and families can pre-register here: https://mallatjohnsoncity.com/kidx/register

40th Annual Spring Nature Festival at Warrior’s Path  State Park

Friday – April 12th, 2019 through Sunday – April 14th, 2019

Come enjoy a weekend full of outdoor discovery, with “mini-seminars” and guided hikes on a wide range of nature discovery topics, led by expert naturalists from across our region. To see the full list of programs click here.

Wooly Day & The Garden Arts Festival at Rocky Mount

Saturday – April 13th, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm

Wooly Day” features hand shearing of Rocky Mount’s flock of Cotswold sheep, wool processing techniques of the 18th century and other spring activities on a frontier farm. The “Garden Arts Festival” will be a celebration of all things gardening – from plants to handmade items for the home, garden, and gardener, to delicious foods and informative talks and tours.

Easter Eggstravaganza in Historic Jonesborough

Saturday – April 13th, 2019 from noon to 3 pm

Jonesborough will host their Annual Easter Eggstravaganza event on Saturday, April 13 from Noon-3 p.m. Taking place throughout downtown, there will be lots of free activities including face painting, children’s crafts, pictures with the Easter bunny, meet the JRT Princesses, pony petting zoo and more. Also, enjoy free popcorn and cotton candy provided by area sponsors to make the day even sweeter.

Make sure you stick around for the egg hunt with over 3,000 candy and toy-filled eggs to be found. Jimmy Neil Smith Park, located behind the Storytelling Center will be separated into 4 areas by age group. This event is for children 12 and under and is brought to you by the Town of Jonesborough along with the following sponsors and partners: BrightRidge, First Tennessee Foundation, Walgreen’s, Greater Eastern Credit Union, Jonesborough Kiwanis Club, McKinney Center, the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre and the Heritage Alliance

For more information on this or any events in Jonesborough, please visit Main Street Jonesborough on Facebook or call 423.753.1010.

“The Music of the Seasons” – Milligan Orchestra Concert

Saturday – April 13th, 2019 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

The Milligan College Orchestra, directed by Dr. Kellie Brown, will present a concert that celebrates the variety of musical representations of the seasons of the year. The concert will feature composers from the Baroque to the present, including Grieg, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Gershwin, and Whitacre. The repertoire also will include excerpts from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” The grand finale of the concert will feature English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Folksongs of the Four Seasons” for Women’s Choir and Strings. The Milligan Women’s Chorale and guest women’s ensembles from around the region will join with the orchestra to bring to life this beautiful and exciting work. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information on Milligan arts events, visit www.milligan.edu/arts.

Quill Pen Making & Writing at Sycamore Shoals

Monday – April 15th, 2019 at 11 am 

Join Museum Curatorial Assistant Chad Bogart and learn how to make and write with your very own feather writing pen. See how writing instruments of the 18th century penned such famous documents as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Also, learn about the different types of ink and paper used in colonial America. Register Here

*** Ages15 and under must be accompanied by an adult as we will be using sharp tools to make the pens. The accompanying adult is not required to pay the $10 class fee. All supplies included. ***

De-Stress Day at The Johnson City Public Library

Tuesday – April 16th, 2019 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm

The end of the school year is stressful! Come find ways to de-stress with us at the library. Join us for a variety of activities that will help create a relaxing environment and learn tips to manage your stress and time. This event is intended for ages 12-18. Registration is required. 

WORDLOOSE: A Teen Poetry Experience! Bristol Public Library

Wednesday – April 17th, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Calling all teen poets! Do you like writing stories, poems, or just playing with words? Join Carolyn Koesters at the museum on Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for a fun, creative workshop, where there are no right or wrong answers. Just read a poem, write a poem, and even share with the group if you want to. Our theme will be “Home.” Teen writers of all levels are welcome.

This program is free but a $5 donation is suggested; your donation supports free and low-cost programming at the museum. Space is limited so please RSVP!

Literarily Cool! is companion programming to our current special exhibit, Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature, on display until June 30, 2019. We would like to extend a special thanks to the Massengill-DeFriece Foundation for their support of this exhibit and its programming.

Fossil Egg Hunt at Hands On Museum

Friday – April 19th, 2019 from 9:30 am to noon

Join us for some egg-cellent fossil fun with themed experiments, crafts, a prehistoric putting course, and egg hunting in a prehistoric forest.  FREE for Hands On! Members. FREE with paid general admission. Activities and egg hunting are on-going, so stop by anytime during the event.  May contain food allergens and small parts not suitable for children under 3.  While supplies last.

•••Stay tuned to social media and our website for more details!•••

Earth Day Lake Cleanup! at Steele Creek Park In Bristol

Saturday – April 20th, 2019 from 9 am to noon

Join park staff and the Friends of Steele Creek Nature Center and Park at the Nature Center for a clean-up of our park! Bags, gloves, and refreshments will be provided.

Creative & Crafty: Paint Pouring at The Bristol Public Library

Saturday – April 20th, 2019 at 2 pm

During April, the Bristol Public Library will be offering a special paint pouring class! Starting at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, registered participants will have the opportunity to use paint pouring techniques to create a unique abstract work of canvas art. The cost for the class is $5 per person, but this covers all supplies needed to complete a canvas.

Space is limited, so registration is required. For more information or to sign up, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Family Community Easter Egg Hunt at Winged Deer Park

Saturday – April 20th, 2019 at 11 am 

This event includes a free hot dog lunch for all, Easter Egg prizes, giveaways and playground fun at the beautiful Meredith Pavilion at Winged Deer Park. Bring your basket! Bring Friends! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Hosted by Wesley Memorial UMC

Cloudland in Spring Hike at Roan Mountain State Park

Sunday – April 21st, 2019 from 2 pm to 3 pm

Meet a ranger on the front porch of the Gristmill Visitor Center to join this guided hike on the park’s easy-to-moderate Cloudland Trail (a little over ½ mile). Starting at the riverside and winding up the mountainside, we will explore life in the early Spring.

This is a free program with no preregistration required. Please dress weather appropriate and wear closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Visitor’s Center Porch.

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale at Johnson City Public Library

Friday – April 26 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, April 28 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m

The annual Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale will be open to the public in the library’s Jones Meeting Room on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Paperbacks cost $1 and hardcovers cost $3; children’s hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are $0.25. The Friends of the Library all-you-can-carry book bags are $20. All proceeds will support the Johnson City Public Library.

Other book sale events over the weekend include: Friends of the Library members are invited to a special book preview sale on Friday, April 26 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, April 28 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., the public is invited to an all-you-can-carry book sale; fill any bag for $5.
For more information regarding the Friends group, the weekend’s book sales, or other library events, call 423-434-4450.

Spring Art on Canvas – Kid’s Club at Michaels In Johnson City

Saturday – April 27th, 2019 from 10 am to noon

They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy creating spring art on a canvas. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Cost is $3 per participant. Register here.

Cooking With Essential Oils at The Bristol Public Library

Monday – April 29th, 2019 at 5 pm

The Bristol Public Library will be hosting a Cooking with Essential Oils class on Monday, April 29, at 5:00 p.m. Registered participants will have the opportunity to create and sample an Italian inspired menu made with garden-fresh ingredients and essential oils. The cost for this class is $10 per person, but this covers all the necessary ingredients and supplies.

The menu includes Caprese salad, Italian tortellini soup, garden chowder, peppermint brownies, wild orange fruit dip, and a cranberry lime spritzer or strawberry limeade.

Registration is required. To sign up, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147. Reservations must be made in person or over the phone. For more information, you can also contact Ambrea at ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Festival of One Act Plays at Milligan College

Tuesday – April 30th, 2019 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Milligan’s Festival of One Act plays will offer performances on Tuesday, April 30, and Wednesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. in the McGlothlin-Street Theatre located in the Gregory Center. This perennial favorite features a collection of both original and published one-act plays all directed, designed and performed by Milligan students. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on Milligan arts events, visit www.milligan.edu/arts.

Fun Events For Homeschoolers

Robotics Home School Drop-off Workshop at Hands On Museum

Wednesday – April 10th, 2019 from 9:30 to noon

Get wired up for National Robotics Week! Build your own hobby motor jiggle robot to take home, make your own simple robot hand using common household materials, and learn the basics of coding and wiring with our Cubelets Modular Robotics set. Cost $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Ages 5-12.  A healthy nut-free snack will be provided.  Limited space is available. Payment is required with registration by Monday, April 1st.

Homeschool Days In Jonesborough

Wednesday – April 10th, 2019 from 8:30 am to 4 pm

On Wednesday, April 10, Heritage Alliance will host their third Homeschool Day. History and heritage based activities are planned from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm that day and will offer a wide variety of experiences for multiple ages. Students from first grade through senior year of high school are encouraged to come and experience history with their families in Tennessee’s Oldest Town.

Activities include Town Tours, an Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tour, and hands-on activities with artifacts in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum. In addition, students can explore primary sources at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum, learn all about the railroad at the Chuckey Depot Museum, and listen to a Storyteller. Oak Hill School will be open for mini-lessons.

Registration is now open for Homeschool Day at www.heritageall.org. The cost is $7 per student. Students must register in advance. We cannot accept registration on the day of the event.

Out of Town Adventures

PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express

April 19th and 20th, 2019

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad welcomes back The PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express April 19 & 20! This 4-hour round trip special event train departs the historic Bryson City Depot at 11:00 am and will travel along the Tuckasegee River to the quaint town of Dillsboro, North Carolina for a 1 ½ hour layover of activities.

Passengers will join Snoopy, Lucy, Charlie Brown and our Easter Bunnies for old fashioned Easter fun! Festivities include an on-going Easter egg hunt, crafts, coloring sheets, temporary tattoos, and snacks with Snoopy and more. There will also be plenty of opportunities for pictures, so do not forget your camera! Cost and details here.

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

April 24th through 27th, 2019

The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is a 69-year old annual event in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park featuring professionally-guided walks, exhibits, and other learning opportunities to explore the region’s rich natural and cultural resources. More than 850 pilgrims from more than 32 states and several countries joined us in 2018. Our programs included fungi, ferns, wildflowers, trees and shrubs, medicinal plants, insects (terrestrial and aquatic), salamanders and snakes, birds, mammals (bats to bears), journaling, art and photography, and park history. Details and costs here.

Party For The Planet at Zoo Knoxville

Saturday – April 27th, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm

Come out to the zoo and party for your planet! Party for the Planet helps educated all about the fun ways we can save our world and wildlife together!

Party for the Planet is included in zoo general admission.

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Earth Day Volunteer Event at Roan Mountain State Park

Saturday – April 20th, 2019 from 9 am to noon

Looking for a place to get involved and get your hands dirty? Join our Earth Day Volunteer Event! We will be working on the Moonshiner’s Run Trail, along the banks of the Doe River. Work will range from clearing the trail to trash removal. The area is largely shaded and the temperature should be mild, but please dress appropriately (clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, sturdy shoes or boots, work gloves, hat, sunscreen, etc…), and don’t forget snacks and water.

Meet at the cabin overflow parking area (the parking lot with recycle bins) near the Moonshiner’s Run Trailhead at 9:00 a.m. Participants must be at least 12 years of age and must have a current volunteer agreement on file. Forms may be filled out the morning of this event; please note that minors must have their forms signed by a parent/guardian. Find more information here.

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