Out and About Tri-Cities – February 2018
Family-Friendly Events in the Tri-Cities and Just Beyond
Welcome back, everyone! I hope your 2018 is everything you hoped it would be! I have set goals and I am sticking with them this time. It feels good, guys! We had an amazing month! We may have been trapped inside for too much of it but it gave us a chance to break in those Christmas gifts. We also played a lot of great games, we did a lot of Science Experiments, we created a bunch of lovely Art and we still got out when we could to explore. We are hoping for a lot more sunshine next month! Just in case, I was careful to include a lot of indoor activities this month too!
Grab your calendar and make your picks, it’s time to schedule some family time!
The Mountain Movers Dance Company at Milligan College
Friday – February 2nd, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Milligan College will host an evening with the Mountain Movers Dance Company, a modern dance ensemble that weaves stories from thin air, on Friday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. in the McGlothlin-Street Theatre located in the college’s Gregory Center. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.
“The Milligan Arts Council is happy to welcome back this incredible dance ensemble to perform in our state-of-the-art theatre,” said Art Brown, assistant professor of communications and chair of the arts council. “Aerial dance has proven to be extremely popular with people of all ages, all over the world, so we’re excited to host this family-friendly event that features the art of dance.”
Through cutting-edge aerial techniques, dancers suspend, spin, drop and fly on floor, fabric trapeze and aerial hoop. Established in 1982, Mountain Movers Dance Company works from Azure Aerial Arts studio, where their members' train, teach and create.
Groundhog Day Hike at Steele Creek Park
Friday - February 2nd, 2018 at 4 pm
We attended this hike last year and it was great. Weather permitting, we will be there again this year!
Raised Bed Gardening with Ben Hunter at Sycamore Shoals Historic Site
Saturday - February 3rd, 2018 from 9 am to noon
It’s not too early to be planning & building your spring garden. Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams.
Valentine Bean Bag Toss Work Shop at Home Depot
Saturday - February 3rd, 2018 from 9 am to 12 pm
Score points with your loved ones and build a Valentine bean bag toss in this hands-on workshop. You and your child can construct a fun bean bag toss game for the whole family to love. Following the bean bag toss game board construction, 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.
Make Your Own Book Event at The Jonesborough Library
Saturday - February 3rd, 2018 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Homeschool Day at Hands-On Museum!
Monday - February 5th, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm
Join us for this special day open from 10am-2pm just for our loyal home school visitors. Come together to network, explore, play, and experience STEAM concepts. Eastman Discovery Lab and Art Studio programs will be announced throughout the event. In addition, our feature exhibit, Make It. Take It. will be open for this event. Pre-registration is required to receive the discounted Home School Day rate, otherwise, general admission tickets are $9 at the door. To make your advanced reservation and receive a discount or to reserve your dissection specimen**, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday, February 1st.
- Kids Bread Baking Kit
- Price: $24.99
- Snowbelle Hat and Mitts Crochet Kit
- Price: $9.32
- Prima Sweet Peppermint Watercolor Card Kit 
- Price: $9.84
- Phil Basin & Soak Wash Kit
- Price: $45.00
General Homeschool Day Admission:
- Members: $4 with advanced registration/$9 at door
- Non-members: $6 with advanced registration/$9 at door
- Children under the age of 3 are FREE
Additional activities include:
- Tesla Experience Show (tickets available at door) – Members $1/Non-members $2 (per person ages 3+)
- Dogfish Shark Dissection – 11:00 am – Members $12/Non-members $15 (per person ages 3+) **Limited quantities available, pre-register early to reserve your specimen.**
Tale to Tail - Johnson City Public Library
Monday - February 5th, 2018 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Ages 5-9 read with a trained listening dog in a 15-minute time slot, registration required. Call 434-4458 to sign up for your time.
Make Homemade Wax Candles at The Bristol Public Library
Saturday - February 10th, 2018 at 2 pm
Bristol Public Library popular Creative & Crafty class, Homemade Wax Candles, is back on February 10! Learn to make homemade wax candles using mason pint jars, natural soy wax, essential oils, and cotton wicks.
Supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5, which covers all the supplies needed for the class, including wax, oil, wicks, jars, instruction, and more.
Registration is required. To register, call 276-645-8780 or email email@example.com.
Winter Naturalist Rally at Roan Mountain
Saturday - February 10th, 2018
There is a lot to learn during this event. Click here to view the entire brochure and get pricing information. Here is what I thought many of us may enjoy. Marty Silver, Ranger with Warriors’ Path State Park, will lead a wildlife tracking and animal signs hike down near the Doe River in Roan Mountain State Park. (moderately strenuous; kid-friendly) This hike starts at 1:30 pm!
Healthy Holiday Treats-Valentine's Day at Hobby Lobby
Saturday - February 10th, 2018 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
This Healthy Holiday Treats Class will give your kids a few ideas about making healthy choices this Valentine's Day. Then we'll go on to make some healthy favorites such as Apple Cranberry Hearts, No Bake Party Mix, and Holiday Heart Sandwiches (depending on length of class). Cost is $25.00 - Register here!
Anti-Valentine's Party at The Johnson City Public Library
Tuesday - February 13th, 2018 from 6 to 7 pm
Love stinks. Join us for games, crafts, food, and other activities – no mushy hearts included. Teens age twelve to eighteen. Meet at the Johnson City Public Library in the Jones Meeting Room. *Registration is required. Sign up here.
Reading at Agape Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Tuesday - February 13th, 2018 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Valentine’s Treat- 2 for 1 Admission at the Kingsport Aquatic Center
Wednesday - February 14th, 2018
Enjoy two for one at the Kingsport Aquatic Center! Learn more here!
Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Breakfast at Tipton-Haynes
Saturday - February 17th, 2018 from 8 am to 3 pm
Help gather sap flowing from our trees and watch it being boiled down to sweet maple syrup. Pancake breakfast begins at 8 am through 11 am. Maple Syrup will be cooked down all day, so come on out and join us at any time! Admission will be $5 for adults and $2.50 for children twelve and under. Breakfast is $1.00 extra.
An Early 19th Century Formal Sweetheart Tea - Sycamore Shoals
Sunday - February 18th, 2018 from 2 pm to 4 pm
February is a month for sweethearts, so the Sabine Hill Social Society has planned a fun afternoon of refreshments and entertainment. Our historically inspired event will have an early 19th-century flavor in keeping with the history of recently opened Sabine Hill. Our featured entertainment will be professional harpist, Frieda Winter. The menu includes coffee, tea, finger foods, appetizers, and pastries served by interpreters in period dress. Space is limited so please call 423-543-5808 to pre-register.
Astronomy Program at The Johnson City Public Library
Friday - February 23rd, 2018 at 6 pm
*Time is subject to change based on sunset.* Dr. Rico Ignace, an astrophysicist from East Tennessee State University, will take us on a virtual tour of our evening sky. This program will take place on the library's front steps/lawn and is weather-dependent. No registration required for this free program.
Adopt a Tree - Warriors' Path State Park
Saturday - February 24th, 2018 from 10 am to 12 pm
You can make a big difference for our future! Help us bring “re-leaf” to Northeast Tennessee by planting tomorrow’s forests. Your hard work will mean more wildlife homes, more natural beauty, more fresh air, and more fun for future children too!
On Saturday, February 24, from 10 AM until noon, you can help us plant thousands of new trees at Warriors’ Path State Park. For every tree seedling, that you plant, you will also get one to take home, to plant in your own neighborhood. Be sure to come early because supplies of trees are limited!
We will have some digging tools, but you can also bring your own if you’d like. Come dressed for the weather, and be prepared to get your hands dirty! Follow signs from the park entrance to the tree distribution location.
Happy Birthday Dr. Suess Event at Barnes and Noble
Saturday - February 24th, 2018 at 11 am
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! In celebration of the beloved author's birthday on March 2nd, join us for a special Storytime featuring coloring, activities, and more. Don't miss out on this fun-filled Storytime!
Tanasi Art of Storytelling at Unicoi County High School Auditorium
Saturday - February 24th, 2018 from 5 pm to 8 pm
The Northeast Tennessee Region is home to the world-renowned International Storytelling Festival and home to ETSU’s renowned Storytelling Master’s Program. Every person and place has a story to tell. Whether historical, mythical, and legendary, stories express culture and interaction. Tanasi Arts and Heritage Center are pleased to collaborate with Unicoi County High School drama and East Tennessee State University storytelling program master’s students for a special evening of tales about regional railroads and the town of Erwin.
Location: Unicoi County High School Auditorium
700 S Mohawk Dr, Erwin, TN 37650
A few last things! Don't forget that Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17th! Get inspired here:
Also, The Great American Bird Count is Happening February 16th through 19th! Learn how to participate here:
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