Out and About Tri-Cities – August 2018

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Out and About Tri-Cities – August 2018

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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First, Re-Cap of July’s Best Out and About Experiences

It’s hard to accept that school starts this month. Where did summer go? As much as I hate to let it step behind me, I am very grateful for all the amazing adventures we had this summer! Our highlights would probably be the trips to Lake Lure, the hikes up Roan Mountain, Dollywood, and above all the visit from my nephew D who came all the way from Maine to visit the family. I hope that you had an incredible summer too.

Has your family toured Allendale Mansion? The house is gorgeous. The history makes for a great story. The grounds are gorgeous and the perfect place for a stroll. T and I visited as part of Funfest for the Food Truck Rodeo and a tour. It was a great day! Read about it here.

Visit Allendale Mansion

Events Happening This Month In The Tri-Cities

Workout Wednesday at Science Hill High School

Wednesday, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 2018 from 5:50 pm to 7:20 pm

EVERYONE WELCOME! Join the Johnson City Run Club every Wednesday night at the Science Hill Track for a challenging track workout with several people to push and pull you! Never done a workout before? Don’t worry! We’ll cater your workout to you! Bring your kids – we have a kid’s group as well!

Dino Park in the Dark 2018 at Backyard Terrors

Friday, August 3rd, 2018 and Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at 9 pm

It’s after hours at Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park..and a volcanic eruption has the dinosaurs all riled up! Sneak through the park and discover the mystery of dinosaurs in the dark, here the sounds of the T-Rex crashing through the trees as the sirens signal a warning. See park staff trying to recapture escaped dinosaurs! See trees alive with fireflies and escape the fire erupting volcano!

Bookworm Bookends at The Home Depot In Johnson City

Saturday, August 4th, 2018 from 9 am to 12 pm

Celebrate your child’s devotion to reading in our book lover’s hands-on workshop. Together you and your child can build a set of bookworm bookends to add personality, organization, and excitement to bookshelves in any playroom, family room or bedroom. Once your bookends construction is complete, you and your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin. Register here.

Johnson City Food Truck Rally

Saturday, August 4th, 2018 from 4 pm to 9 pm

Come out and join us for our August food truck rally downtown Johnson City at the Pavilion from 4pm-9pm. This is a family friendly event for all ages! Some of the best food trucks in the area! Don’t forget Founders park is within steps of this event so there’s lots of open space for your kids to run. We will also have Quantum Leap set up with their inflatables! Price: $5 for a day pass. Rain or shine!

Food Trucks & Vendors:
Mimi’s Cookies N Creamery
Foodie Fiction
Opies Pizza Wagon
Let’s Taco About It
Project Waffle
Mountain Belles
Mason Joe Coffee
Joe Bills BBQ

For the Kids: Quantum Leap Inflatables

Back-to-School Movie Night at Kingsport Aquatic Center

Saturday, August 4th, 2018 starting at 7:30

You are invited to Back-To-School Movie Night at the Kingsport Aquatic Center on August 4th! This year’s showing will feature the 1993 throwback movie, The Sandlot. The movie is open to the public, and tickets are $3/person and can be purchased at the KAC front desk. KAC and YMCA members get in free. The movie will be shown at the outdoor water park and the concession stand and outdoor pools will be open! Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will start around 8:30 p.m.

Bay’s Mountain Art Activities

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 at 10:30 am (Recurring every Tuesday this month)

Discover how to turn natural items into great crafts while learning about nature during our Nature Crafts program. This program is open to all ages, and tickets are $3 per person and can be purchased at Nature Center Gift Shop day of activity.

And while you are there…

Lakeside Trail Review

Heritage Alliance Homeschool Day In Jonesborough

Friday, August 10 from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

The Heritage Alliance will host its second Homeschool Day on Friday, August 10. 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 that day include lessons in Oak Hill School, a one-room schoolhouse restored to the year 1892, Town Tours, Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tours, and hands-on activities with artifacts in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum. In addition, students can participate in history hunts at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum, participate in train-based activities in the Chuckey Depot Railroad Museum, and listen to a Storyteller. Archeological activities will be offered in the morning, and older students will have the opportunity to play history detective using primary sources. It will be a day full of history and fun!


Students and parents will be able to select their activities and schedule for the day. Registration is now open at www.heritageall.org. The cost is $7.00 per student.

The Pencil Project Book Presentation with James Orr at The Johnson City Public Library

Saturday, August 11th, 20118 from 2 pm to 3 pm

The story of The Pencil Project reminds us that good deeds can have ripple effects far beyond what we might imagine. When young student Colleen participates in a class challenge to “Change the World” she decides to start a pencil drive for students in Africa. Join author James Ryan Orr, student Colleen, and a representative from Develop Africa to hear their story. It may just inspire you to find a need, no matter how little, and do something about it!

For adults, teen, and youth – ages 8 and up


Kids Highland Games at Tipton-Haynes

Saturday, August 11th, 2018 from 12 pm to 4 pm

Upper East Tn Celtic Society’s first kid’s highland games. Come out and participate in a kids version of the games we will be teaching many of the games such as the caber toss, stone throwing, hammer toss, archery, tug of war and many more, we will have events for all age groups and also will have some ancient combat instructions. And the best part it is free for all ages so tartan up and come out and enjoy!

Doe River Snorkeling Excursion at Roan Mountain

Saturday, August 11th, and 25th, 2018 at 3 pm

Escape the summer heat and join Park Ranger Phil Hylen for a fee-based snorkeling excursion on the Doe River! This event will begin at 3:00 PM starting at the Roan Mountain State Park Visitor Center. From there, participants will motorcade to the Peg Leg section of the Doe River. Participation costs $8.00 a person and is limited to 10 individuals. Children must at least be 8 years of age or older to participate. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Closed-toed shoes are required to wear in the river.

Enjoy a beginner snorkeling lesson followed by an underwater search for the many types of animals that call the Doe River home. Our discoveries will be recorded for local flora/fauna inventory and will help to determine how our local wildlife/fishery populations are doing!

Crockett Days, 2018 at David Crockett Birthplace State Park

Saturday, August 18th, 2018 and Sunday, August 19th, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm

Join us on August 18-19, 2018 for our annual Crockett Days celebration. Visit the Crockett Homestead, shop for 18th-century wares, and attend excellent programming about frontier life. We have many special surprises in store, 18th-century style. Don’t miss it!

Appalachian Fair

August 20th, 2018 through August 25th, 2018

An educational and entertaining family event for the past 92 years! Competitive exhibits for Youth, Livestock and Farm and Home! Main Stage Country Entertainers each night, automotive sports in the Appalachian Arena, and local pageants and talent competitions on the Museum Stage. Midway provided by the number one midway in America – The Drew Exposition. Over 100 commercial exhibitors! Barnyard Nursery, Tennessee Wildlife Building, Antique Farm and Home Museum, and much more! Fun for the entire family! Admission – $8 for adults; 6-11 – $3;5 and under free, Parking $3 per car.

Meet The Mountains Festival

Friday and Saturday, August 24th and 25th, 2018

This free festival will serve as an annual coming together of Northeast Tennessee’s outdoor recreation community. It serves as a one-stop shop to experience all of Northeast Tennessee’s outdoor recreation opportunities. By increasing awareness of our natural assets and encouraging residents to live healthy lifestyles, the Meet the Mountains Committee hopes this festival increases opportunities for growth of our outdoor recreation economy. The best outcome is enhancing the livability of the community. The Meet the Mountains Committee invites you to come to be a part of making a positive impact in our region by participating in some or all of the activities bundled together for this event.

Edible and Medicinal Plants Walk at Steele Creek Park

Friday, August 24th, 2018 at 4 pm

Meet Jeremy at the Nature Center for a mild walk into the woods to learn about some common but beneficial plants of the region.

RunTheTweetsie 5K and 10K

Saturday, August 25 at 8 AM – 11 AM

RunTheTweetsie 5K and 10K is part of the Meet the Mountains Outdoor Festival this year. Come run the 5K or 10K and then head over to Founders Park to join in the Meet the Mountains Outdoor Festival fun!!

The 10K will start at 8 AM and the 5K will start at 8:15 AM. Come run, hike, or walk with us as there is a generous 2.5 hour time limit. The goal of RTT 5K/10K is to provide an event where everyone can enjoy the Tweetsie Trail.

Early Bird sign-up special until May 31st. 5K will be $15 and 10K will be $25. On June 1st, the registration fee will go up to $20 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. RunTheTweetsie is limited to 100 participants in each event.

Climber Grand Opening at Hands-On Museum!

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Experience a one-of-a-kind paleontology-themed climber opening Labor Day weekend!  This three-story, enclosed, interactive climbing sculpture will allow children and adults to discover the fossils of species found at the Gray Fossil Site.  As you ascend each level and pass each corner you will see and touch actual 3D replicated models of the fossils being uncovered here at the site.  This unique structure will be the only of its kind in the United States.

Pinocchio Opens at Bristol Theater

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Like Pinocchio himself, the classic children’s story, Pinocchio comes to life on the Theatre Bristol ARTspace stage, 506 State Street, Bristol, August 31 through September 9. Tickets are on sale now at https://goo.gl/kCstPh.

Geppetto’s mischievous wooden puppet, Pinocchio, is on a quest to be a real boy…and keep his nose in check. On his adventures, he encounters Mr. Cricket, Stromboli the Fire Eater and puppet master, Red Fox, Black Cat, Candlewick and friends, puppet friends Harlequin and Columbine, and of course, a whale. With some help from the Blue Fairy, Mr. Cricket and puppet friends, Pinocchio learns what it means to be a son.

Out of Town Events Worth Attending

Smoky Mountains Songwriter Festival

Monday, August 13th, 2018 through Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

“Celebrating Our Appalachian Musical Roots” 10-day festival downtown Gatlinburg featuring “Hit” songwriters. Public Invited. Free Live Entertainment. Songwriter Opportunities: song competition, workshops, co-writing with hit writers, mentoring sessions and stage spots. Rain or shine.

The SMSWF Mission is to promote songwriters and to help their talents and songs be discovered not only by publishers and producers but also by all of us fans, who simply love the songs that the stars perform.

Get the full entertainment schedule at http://www.smswf.com.

For more information contact:  call: 865-604-9066 or email:  info@smswf.com 

Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/smswf

Mermaids at Ripleys Aquarium at the Smokies

August 1st through 31st, 2018

The mermaids will be performing daily at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. throughout the summer. The Mermaids are available for Meet and Greet at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Knoxville Zoo Deal on Admission

From now through August 3rd, 2018 get tickets for just $9.25 each!

Great Volunteer Opportunity

Holston Habitat for Humanity Builds

Holston Habitat for Humanity, the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a non-profit, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry that partners with individuals and families with limited financial resources to build affordable housing.

If you’re looking to make lifelong friends, strengthen a skill set or learn something new – our Volunteer Program is a perfect opportunity for individuals looking to become more involved in their community and give back regularly.

Volunteering our on build site requires no experience—just bring your enthusiasm and we’ll take care of the rest. You will have the opportunity to enhance your construction knowledge, learn new skills, meet new people, and develop leadership skills.

Our construction volunteers are at the very core of our work.

T and I love this group. This is such a great opportunity. You learn so much, make new friends, and help out in a really beautiful way. Check out this post about my last Volunteer Experience with Habitat for Humanity and see what it’s all about!

Holston Habitat For Humanity Womens Build

We also have pulled together a collection of other great organizations that can use your help right now. Check it out here.

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

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