Out and About Tri-Cities – January 2020

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Out and About Tri-Cities – January 2020

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

Newton’s Antics Drop-off Workshop at Hands-On Discovery Center

Saturday, January 4th, 9:30 am-noon

Celebrate Sir Isaac Newton’s birthday and discover the laws of physics with Newton’s inertia beads, an amazing egg drop challenge, building and launching a film canister rocket, and a centripetal force penny experiment.

  • Ages 7 -12
  • Early registration by Thursday, December 19th is $12 for HODC members and $15 for non-members. 
  • Late registration is $15 for HODC members and $20 for non-members. 
  • Space is limited.
  • Click here to register.

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Old Christmas at Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals Historic Site

Saturday and Sunday, January 4th and 5th

Christmas isn’t over yet! Christmas in Colonial America was a twelve-day celebration ending on January 5th, or “Twelfth Night”. European migrants brought Old World holiday traditions to America, from the Dutch Sinterklaas to the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Discover the European roots of our modern holiday celebrations.  Contact the park for a detailed schedule. (423) 543-5808

Let’s Glow Swimming Party at Kingsport Aquatic Center

Saturday, January 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Kick-off the New Year at the Let’s Glow Swimming Party at the Kingsport Aquatic Center! On Saturday, January 4, all children ages 9 to 14 are invited for a special night where we’ll dim the lights in our indoor facilities and fill the pools with glow sticks of all shapes and sizes. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 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 is $7 per swimmer, and admission at the door is $10. Again, only children ages 9 to 14 will be allowed to swim at this event. Supervision will be provided by the KAC staff, and parents are welcome to drop kids off. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. Parents will need to fill out a waiver and are strongly encouraged to do so prior to the event to make entry faster.

Bristol Academy of Music Open House

Sunday, January 5th at 2 pm

Come check out the new Bristol Academy of Music! See our facility & studios, ask questions, and sign up! We can’t wait to show you!

Bristol Academy of Music opens in January. Enrollment is open for music lessons and classes. Class offerings include voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, Glee Club, Kiddy Keys, and adult groups.

Bristol Academy of Music is located at 207 Piedmont Ave, Bristol, Virginia. Owner and operator, Rachel Helton, is a classically trained singer and teaches throughout the Tri-Cities. Helton, along with a team of musicians, will be teaching private and group lessons to students.

Students have the opportunity to take private lessons in voice, piano, and guitar. There will be group lessons for ages 6 and older in piano, guitar, and ukulele. Adult classes are available in piano and guitar. Glee Club is offered for elementary through high school students who love to sing pop, Disney and musical theater. Kiddy Keys, music exploration for ages 3-5, is offered as a fun way for the youngest musicians to learn and explore music.

Enrollment information and lesson descriptions can be found at the Bristol Academy of Music website www.bristolacademyofmusic.com. Lessons begin Jan. 6.

Teen Writing Group at Johnson City Public Library

January 10th from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Visit the teen area on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 to work on your creative writing and receive tips and inspiration from staff or other teen writers. Writing club participants will also receive information on how to submit their work to JCPL’s new teen literary digest. *This program is intended for ages 12-18.

Glow Stick Swim at Memorial Park Community Center Pool

Friday, January 10th, from 7 pm to 8:45 pm

Lights down low, music up loud and a pool full of glow sticks yield loads of fun!

Cost: Ages: 12/under $2, 13+ $3

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Make Your Own Hiking Staff at Roan Mountain State Park

Sunday, January 12, from 1 pm to 3:15

Join Ranger Holland as we express our creative abilities while making a hiking staff from natural materials. Participants will be provided with the materials needed to construct and personalize the hiking staff before taking them home for their next hike. Meet at the main park office at 1:00 pm prior to going to the program area. Preregistration is required prior to attending the program. Cost: $10 per person or $ 5.00 Children 12 and under

Basic Aquarium and Terrarium Keeping at Steele Creek Park

Saturday, January 18th, at 2 pm

Interested in keeping an aquarium or a terrarium? Want to learn how to better care for the one you have? Meet Lance at The Nature Center for an engaging discussion on terrarium and aquarium keeping as a hobby and learn from the animals at the Nature Center with a special Behind-The-Scenes tour.

Roan Mountain GeoVenture

Saturday, January 18th from 1 pm to 3 pm

On Saturday, January 18th at 1 PM, join Ranger Phil Hylen at the Visitor Center to set off on a 2 miles geology expedition around the park.  Participants will visit and learn about the iron mines and pits found across the park as well as learn how Roan Mountain was formed.  Participants will also learn how to read topography maps and compass.  Before concluding, each participant will have the chance to break open their very own geode to discover their contents!  This program is limited to 20 people and costs $10 to register.  Be sure to dress warm and bring hiking essentials!   Meet at The Visitor’s Center Porch.

Winter Garden Seminar – Gardening for the Birds at Warrior’s Path State Park

Saturday, January 18th from 10 am to noon

Dr. Alsop will present a Saturday morning program on how to make your yard more attractive, while also making it more attractive to our native birds. We will focus on both landscaping and gardening tips, and other habitat improvements, that will encourage our “feathered friends” to visit your garden and stay awhile. Plan to spend a brisk winter morning learning how to lure these helpful, beautiful creatures to your neighborhood.

After Dr. Alsop’s talk, we will have a short, optional winter bird walk. Bring your binoculars if you can, and come dressed for the weather, if you wish to enjoy some outdoor winter discoveries. Meet at the Recreation Building.

Cost is $5

World Snow Day Pop-in Workshop at Hands-On Discovery Center

Sunday, January 19th, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Stop by for some cool fun in honor of World Snow Day!  Try out some polymer snow, similar to what is used on movie sets, and take it home to use over and over.  Then make some peppermint scented snow dough and learn about printmaking while making a snowflake art masterpiece. 

  • Children must be supervised by an adult (18+) at all times
  • A materials fee of $3 per person for HODC members, $5 per person for non-members, while supplies last. 
  • Museum admission is an additional cost.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration – The Legacy Lives On 

Monday and Tuesday, January 20th, and 21st 

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.

Monday, January 20th
1:30 PM: Gathering at Paramount Theatre on State Street
2:00 PM: March begins
2:30 PM: Program begins at Bristol Train Station
7:00 PM: Father Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA*
“The Whole Language — The Power of Extravagant Tenderness” located at Lee Street Baptist Church — Bristol, VA

Tuesday, January 21st
10:00 AM Father Gregory Boyle*
“Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship” located at King University Memorial Chapel — Bristol, TN

Candy Sushi at Johnson City Public Library

Tuesday, January 21, from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Make your own sushi out of gummy candies, learn how to make kawaii-inspired crafts, and learn about some of our favorite manga series. *This program is intended for ages 12-18. Registration is required.

Outdoor Survival for Beginners at Roan Market State Park

Saturday, January 25th, from 1 pm to 3 pm

Join Ranger Holland as we learn about the basics of outdoor wilderness survival.  Topics will include water, food, fire, shelter, and signaling for help. This is a beginner program for persons wishing to gain an understanding of the basic skills and knowledge needed to survive in an outdoor wilderness environment. Meet at the main park office at 1: 00 pm prior to going to the program area. The program is free and no registration is required. 

Astronomy Program with Mike Frisch at Johnson City Public Library

Thursday, January 30, from 6 PM to 7 PM

Local astronomy enthusiast, Mike Frisch, will give a presentation on the fascinating mysteries of space in the Storytime Room. Registration is required for this free program. The program is recommended for ages 8 and up. Please call 434-4458 to register.

Out of Town – Trips Worth Taking

Covenant Kids Run Kick-Off at Zoo Knoxville

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Join us Saturday, January 25, 2020, for our annual Covenant Kids Run Kickoff at Zoo Knoxville! Admission to the Zoo on January 25 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 logbook 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 28th.

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 28th Covenant Kids Run.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Month

You all know how close yo my heart Habitat for Humanity is. (I wrote about the Women’s Build here). T and I first discovered Habitat for Humanity by taking part in their annual Martin Luther King Day Wall Build. That one volunteer opportunity led to so many more opportunities to learn with Habitat, to participate in home builds, and to be part of something so beautiful. The MLK Wall Build is taking place on the 20th! If you or your students (ages 14-17 with waiver) would like to be part of it, we encourage you to sign up now.

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

If you have been looking for a thorough list of teen volunteer opportunities right here in the Tri-Cities (and just beyond) you have found it! Student volunteers are needed now.

If there is an event or opportunity that is not included in this list that you think would be a good fit, please share it with me by emailing me at me@geezgwen.com or post it in the comments section below. Thank you so much for visiting today. We hope you find a lot of opportunities to enjoy your time with your family this month!

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