Out and About Tri-Cities – January 2019

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Out and About Tri-Cities – January 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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Just now, as I was typing in 2019, I think it hit me that the New Year is actually here. I hate to see 2018 go, in all honesty. It was really good for me, and my family. But I am so excited to see what lies ahead.
I hope you are feeling blessed and grateful too as the New Year begins. One thing I know that I valued the most out of 2018 were the many experiences we enjoyed together, as a family. Also, the trip my husband and I took to Highlands, North Carolina for our anniversary was among my favorite anniversary trips of all time. The trip I took to Myrtle Beach all by myself for the Blogger Retreat ended up leading to new friendships, a huge breakthrough for all things about this blog, and a chance to really own my craft. I am so thankful for that experience and all the wonderful things it led too. I also took so many classes this year and learned so much! My favorite classes were all the photography classes.
T and I started high school in 2018, and that was a big deal for both of us, teacher and student. But it turned out that we both love it and even though the workload is certainly more than previous years. We have loved learning all of the material (except Algebra).
We have been on some really incredible field trips too! We love hiking Roan Mountain and discovering new plants to identify. We visited Anakeesta Theme Park In Gatlinburg to see the recovery from the wildfires and walk along the tree canopies. We did another trip to Cade’s Cove to learn all about local History and the families who called these mountains home.  We made two trips to Lake Lure in North Carolina and visited Chimney Rock! We actually stood before the waterfall that was seen in Last of The Mohicans movie while we were learning all about that book and the Native American culture. We made several trips to The Aquarium At The Smokies where I fell in love with the penguins and T learned to adore the Stingrays.
It was a good year! Let’s all have a great start to 2019 together by getting out there with our families and exploring this world together, making memories, and enjoying one another all over again!

Family Friendly Events In the Tri-Cities and Just Beyond

For All the World to See will be on display in the Special Exhibits Gallery at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 through Monday, January 7th, 2019

For All The World To See: Visual Culture and The Struggle for Civil Rights examines the role that visual culture played in shaping and transforming the struggle for racial equality in America from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts, this exhibit traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency.

Let’s Glow Swimming Party! at Kingsport Aquatic Center

Saturday – January 5th, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

All children ages 9 to 15 are invited for a special night where the KAC will dim the lights in its indoor facilities and fill the pools with glow sticks of all shapes and sizes. Children can swim in the “glow pools” and play on inflatables while their favorite music plays over the loudspeakers.
Children are encouraged to bring their own glow sticks to the party. It’s a perfect way to mark the end of winter break and the beginning of the New Year!
Preregistration admission costs $5 per swimmer, and admission at the door is $7. Again, only children ages 9 to 15 will be allowed to swim at this event. Supervision will be provided by the KAC staff; parents are welcome to drop kids off. Parents will need to sign a code of conduct/waiver form when they preregister or when paying at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (423)343-9758. You can also register online by clicking HERE.

Slimy Salamanders (Aquatic) at Bay’s Mountain Park

Saturday – January 5th, 2019 and January 19th, 2019 at 1 pm

We will be offering two public salamander programs at Bays Mountain Park on January 5th and January 19th at 1:00 PM. Tickets to these programs will be $3 per person at the gift shop and the programs will be free to all park members. The programs will be held downstairs in the nature center at the discovery theatre.

We will be presenting an in-depth slideshow showing various salamanders and their habitats from within the park. These classes will cover breeding, life cycles, diets, the specific habitats of each species, field techniques as well as how to identify our native species. After the slideshow, participants will get to see several live newts and salamanders for a more hands-on experience. Once the program is over, we will be offering a short hike to anyone who wants to stick around to find some salamanders in the field and have more advanced instruction.

These classes are great for everyone from children to adults, from beginners to experts. There will be something for everyone. We hope to see you there!

Sesquicentennial Kickoff Celebration

Saturday – January 5th, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm

Help us kick off 2019, the year of Johnson City’s 150th birthday, as we unveil the contents from the 1969 time capsule. Make history by recording a message to be placed in the next time capsule. Cake, giveaways, children’s activities … let’s start our sesquicentennial with fun for all ages! Time Capsule unveiling at 11 am. More info here.

One Word Resolution Class at Johnson City Public Library

Tuesday – January 8th, 2019 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Join us for a workshop to help you set your goals for 2019 and choose one word to represent your year. After setting goals, we will use a letter stamping kit to make a piece of metal jewelry or a keychain to serve as a reminder of your word for the year. This program is intended for ages 12-18. Registration is required.

Sensory Night at Hand’s On Museum

Monday – January 14th, 2019 from 4 pm to 6 pm

This event is designed for children with sensory integration needs. Lighting and sound are adjusted as well as many other environmental elements.  Hands On! will be closed to the public during this event.  Sensory Nights are free, and space is limited.  Registration is required and includes immediate family only.  To register, email reservations@visithandson.org or call 423-434-4263 ext. 808.

Photography 101: Composition at Bristol Public Library

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Join the Bristol Public Library on January 15, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. for a free class on photography and composition in the Jones Creativity Center. In our latest installment of “Photography 101,” Rita will teach registered participants how to take a better photograph using various cameras. She’ll offer instruction on light, contrast, and more, demonstrating how composition can be used to improve the quality of each photo.

Space is limited, so registration is required; participants are also encouraged to bring their own camera, cell phone, or other devices. To learn more about “Photography 101” or find out how to register, please contact the Bristol Public Library by phone at 276-821-6147 or by email at ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

2019 Moon Phases Calendar and Calculator (using the NASA Education template) at Roan Mountain State Park

Saturday – January 19th, 2019 from 2 pm to 2:30 pm

The first Full Moon of the New Year is just around the corner. Stop by the Old Park Restaurant Building, near the cabin area parking lot with recycling bins. Materials will be provided to make your own 2019 Moon Phases Calendar and Calculator (using the NASA Education template). You’ll know exactly what to expect when you look up into the night sky for the rest of year!

Meet a Ranger in the Old Park Restaurant Building, at 2:00 pm, for this free activity.

Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration

Monday – January 21, 2019, at 1:30 PM – 3:45 PM

The Bristol Train Station Board and YWCA will host a community observance of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The commemoration event will be held on the national King holiday. Our theme, “The Legacy Lives” reminds us that the work Dr. King began is still important and unfinished. The celebration will bring greater awareness to Dr. King’s work and mission, promote unity and diverse participation within our community, educate, encourage and inspire deeper community dialogue, and help us to learn from the past. The program will begin with a march which will replicate a similar march held 10 years ago when the Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard was named.

Marchers will meet at 1:30 p.m. at two locations: First Christian Church on MLK Blvd in Bristol, VA and the YMCA on MLK Blvd in Bristol, TN

Self-Defense and Personal Safety Workshop at The Bristol Public Library

Saturday – January 19, 2019, from 10 AM – 11 AM

The Bristol Public Library is pleased to announce that Chris Massie from Stryker Martial Arts Academy will be returning for another workshop on “Self-Defense and Personal Safety.” Starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, Chris Massie will provide participants with tips on self-protection and personal safety in everyday life.

This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, please contact the library by phone at 276-821-6147 or by email at ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Start Smart Soccer at Memorial Park Community Center

January 23rd, 2019 to February 27th, 2019

Parents and guardians are required to be involved one on one with their child during instruction. Start Smart Soccer focuses on teaching children and their parent’s skills in dribbling/ball handling, passing/kicking, shooting and running/agility without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt. Held once a week for 6-weeks, the exercises will become increasingly more difficult as the class progresses and the children show improvement. Each child will receive a Start Smart T-shirt! Space is limited to the first 20 participants. Sign up today! Children will need to bring tennis shoes (no cleats, soccer will be played indoors), water bottle, and appropriate athletic wear. Call 423-434-5749 for more information. This is for preschoolers. Cost is $25.00 for residents and $30.00 for non-residents.

Explore The Geology of Roan Mountain State Park

Saturday – January 26th, 2019 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am

Get ready to explore the geology of Roan Mountain State Park. Meet Ranger Jesse at the Gristmill Visitor Center, from here we will begin a guided hike on the Peg Leg Mine Trail (half-mile, easy to moderate). On the trail, we will take an up-close look at the old Peg Leg Mine and check out samples of the rocks and minerals found in the area. But the real fun comes when we get to discussing the mineral formation and each visitor will have the opportunity to check out the inside of their very own geode! Preregistration and a fee of $4.00 per participant are required. Space is limited. Click here for more information.

Covenant Kids Run Kick-Off at Zoo Knoxville

Saturday – January 26th, 2019

Join us Saturday, January 26, 2019, for our annual Covenant Kids Run Kickoff at Zoo Knoxville! Admission to the Zoo on January 26 is free for each child who registers for the fun run and one accompanying guest. Additional guests get half-price admission to the zoo. Each child receives a log book for those who want to complete a full marathon by running or walking a total of 25 miles between then and the official Covenant Kids Run on March 30. Registration for the Covenant Kids One Mile Run at the Zoo is $20 per child and this fee also covers the child’s registration for the official March 30 Covenant Kids Run.

Click here for complete information.

Ramen Noodle Cook-Off at The Johnson City Public Library

Tuesday – January 29th, 2019 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Show off your cooking skills! Work in teams to create a unique dish out of Ramen Noodles during a one-hour time limit. Prizes go to the team with the most delicious dish! This program is intended for ages 12-18. Registration is required.

Wishing you the very best start to 2019 possible!

Be blessed,


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