Out and About Tri-Cities – June 2018

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Out and About Tri-Cities – June 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 a quick recap of our favorite events from May 2018

May was beautiful! I had an opportunity to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build! I love this group and I know you will too! Check out this post about that experience and find out why this may be the perfect opportunity for you!

Holston Habitat For Humanity Womens Build

We also really enjoyed traveling back in time to experience the latest reenactment at Sycamore Shoals. If you have not attended one of these events we highly recommend it. See what happened at The Seige at Fort Watauga here.

The Seige At Fort Watauga

Events Happening This Month In The Tri-Cities

OK, so I am sure you want to know, what’s coming up next! Grab your calendar and let’s dig in! It’s time to schedule some memories.

The Blue Plum Festival in Downtown Johnson City

Friday and Saturday – June 1st and 2nd, 2018

The Blue Plum festival began in 1999 with the idea of bringing awareness to Downtown Johnson City- and having a little fun!  We have watched our downtown flourish and continue to bring the festival to the greater Johnson City community each year- highlighting our growing and thriving downtown area!

The festival consists of a 5K race, two days of music, art and craft vendors, children’s area, food court and much much more!  Our goal is to create events that families and friends can enjoy and make memories for years to come!

This year’s festival will take place on June 1 & 2 in Founders Park of Downtown Johnson City. Events include music & arts, a 5K, a kids zone, and even a silent disco – yes you heard that right!

National Trails Day Hike – Warriors’ Path State Park

Saturday – June 2nd, 2018 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Celebrate National Trails Day on a great 4+ mile hike rich in nature discovery and local history. Discover evidence of earlier travelers along the Warriors’ Path as we travel part of an official National Recreational Trail! Be sure to come dressed for the weather and for hiking over some rocky and uneven terrain. Wear good walking shoes, and bring along some water and a snack. Meet at the Warriors’ Path State Park mountain bike trail parking lot

Classic Car Kids Craft at The Home Depot In Johnson City

Saturday – June 2nd, 2018 from 9 am to 12 pm

Share the nostalgic pastime of car modeling with your child in our classic car hands-on workshop. Together you can build a vintage General Motors-style wooden car to put on display or take for a ride “with no particular place to go. Once your vehicle is built, your child can customize it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. Recommended Ages: 5-12. 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.

2018 Sycamore Shoals Native American Culture Festival and Dance

Saturday – June 2nd, 2018 and Sunday – June 3rd, 2018 from 10 am to 6 pm

The two-day Sycamore Shoals Native American Festival features award-winning dancers, storytellers, artists, and scholars gather at the circle to share knowledge and demonstrate their skills. Come and discover Native American arts, music, and legends, with an emphasis on the Cherokee culture.

This weekend-long festival will feature traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, traditional Native American song and dance, Cherokee storytelling and legends, Native American flute, Cherokee language workshops, and craft demonstrations and arts and crafts sales.

A unique feature of the Native American Culture festival is our educational/ demonstration area, located within Fort Watauga. The dance circle is located in the center of the fort, where the popular traditional dance and drum performances take place. In addition, flute music, storytelling, lectures, and so much more take place within the circle, which share native culture and history with our visitors.

The Timeline Festival at Rocky Mount Historic Site

Saturday – June 2nd, 2018 and Sunday – June 3rd, 2018 from

Rocky Mount State Historic Site will host the inaugural TimeLine Festival showcasing the history of the region and beyond through the centuries. The Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2, from10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 3, from 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival will look at not only military history but also daily life. The event will also feature storytellers, local authors, and performers presenting various aspects of our local and regional heritage.

Noted speakers will include Andy Hare, Chares Charlton, Captain William A. Coleman and Robert Rambo – who will perform as a noted Barbary Coast Admiral in the early 19thcentury. Performers will include Ted Olson, the Johnson City Blue Grass Band, the Old Field Shape Note Singers and Linda Wegner. Demonstrators will include basket weaving, blacksmithing, quill pen writing and historical surveying. Toys and games will also be available on grounds for children and families to play.

Admission is $10. Rocky Mount Historical Association members receive a $3 discount. For more information click here.

Covered Bridge Celebration In Elizabethton

Thursday – June 7th, 2018 through Saturday – June 9th, 2018

Beginning on Thursday, June 7th at 6 pm, the covered bridge celebration will conclude each evening at 10 pm and reopen the next morning at 10 am, with the final day being Saturday, June 9th. There is no admission fee. Join 20+ community organizations for FREE kids’ games, crafts, activities and more! Fun for all ages!

Chasing Coral Film Screening and Discussion at Johnson City Public Library

Friday – June 8th, 2018 from 4 pm to 6 pm

To commemorate World Oceans Day, the Johnson City Public Library is hosting a special screening of the documentary Chasing Coral in our Jones Meeting Room. Witness a journey to reveal how the greatest impact on earth’s changing climate may be hidden beneath in our ocean. A discussion will follow the screening led by marine biologist Diane Nelson, a professor emeritus from ETSU. All are invited to this free event.

Check out this post to find the Top Ten Reasons To Visit Ripley’s Aquarium At The Smokies!

Top Ten Reasons To Visit The Aquarium

Expedition Camps at Ripley’s Aquarium at The Smokies!

Wednesday – June 13th, 2018 from 9 am to 12 pm

We invite your little one to go on an exciting half-day adventure with our Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies education staff! In our Expedition camps, campers will be engaged with story time, a scavenger hunt, crafts, and so much more! Campers even get a chance to get up close and personal with one of our fascinating animals! Each camp date will be focusing on a unique habitat and the animals that live there.

Details: Aquarium admission, activities, mid-morning snack, & a token of participation.

2018 Dates: June 13th (Expedition: Tropical Trek), June 27th (Expedition: Searching for Sea Turtles), and July 11th (Expedition: Playful Penguins)

Ages: 4-7 * Minimum: 6 campers to hold this program * Cost per person: $29.99 +tax

Camp Creativity – Slime Friday at Michael’s In Johnson City

Friday – June 15th, 2018 from 10 am to 11 am

Come in every Friday during Camp Creativity to enjoy customizing the featured slime of the week! All supplies provided, including pre-made slime. Parent or guardian must remain on the premises. Ages 3 and Up. Register Here.

Storybook Trail Hike at David Crockett Birthplace State Park

Saturday – June 2nd, 2018 – June 16th, 2018 and June 30th, 2018 starting at 10 am

A new program at David Crockett Birthplace State Park combines a trail created for young hikers with the magical world of storybooks. The Storybook Trail Hike program marks the beginning of a partnership between the park and the Greeneville-Greene County Public Library to promote reading and the outdoors.

“Combining stories with hiking gives children an interactive experience that sparks their imagination and sense of exploration while fostering reading and a love for our public lands,” Program Coordinator Lorelei Goff said.

The program features a guided hike with a new story every other Saturday at 10 a.m. Children will hear a story read to them as they walk through a short trail marked out with fully illustrated storybook pages. The trail can be enjoyed as a self-guided hike throughout the week. Games and activities will follow the hike at picnic shelter No. 2.

Rhododendron Festival 2018 – Roan Mountain State Park

Saturday – June 16th, 2018 and Sunday – June 17th, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm

The Rhododendron Festival is a long-standing tradition that hails from the blooming of the world-famous Rhododendron Gardens atop Roan Mountain.  The festival features crafters, musicians, and tasty food! Sponsored by the Roan Mountain Citizens’ Club.

Swim Lessons at Wetlands Waterpark in Jonesborough

Multiple Sessions from June 18th through July 19th (click for details)

Swim lessons at Wetlands Water Park range from beginners learning how to put their face in the water to advanced swimmers wanting to perfect their strokes. Come join us for an exciting time of learning and fun!

All sessions will be Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. If a lesson is canceled due to weather, the make-up lesson will be on that Friday. Each level will have a maximum capacity of 10 participants with 2 instructors per level. Participants must be 4 years or older. $60 per session.

Summer Tree Keys – Warriors’ Path State Park

Tuesday – June 19th, 2018 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm

Trees are cool shade, fresh air, wildlife habitat and a green “feast” for our eyes! We can enjoy and appreciate trees without knowing their names. But it is nice to be able to identify “old friends” on our forest walks. We’ll practice using a few different botanical keys to learn the names of our native trees. It’s a skill that can help us observe and better understand our “woody neighbors.” Besides gaining tree knowledge, each participant will get to take home a pamphlet-key to our local trees.
*Come dressed for the weather, and wear footwear suitable for some outdoor wandering. We’ll meet at the pool parking lot.*

Teen Coding Class at Johnson City Public Library

Tuesdays starting June 19th, 2018 through July 24th, 2018 from 4 pm to 5 pm

Teens, do you want to learn a real coding language? Look no further! Join us for a coding class at the Johnson City Public Library. In six weeks, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the Swift programming language that is used to design mobile applications for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Macintosh. You will learn the syntax and logic of a real-life programming language that powers millions of apps. Who knows – maybe the skills and the interests that are piqued in these classes will lead you to create the next big thing! Register here for all six classes!

History Happy Hour: Andrew Johnson Navajo Treaty at Chester Inn In Jonesborough

Thursday – June 21st, 2018 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

The Heritage Alliance is proud to present the second season History Happy Hour at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum! This monthly program will feature a wide range of topics, including 19th-century optical illusions, Sabine Hill, the Annals of Tennessee History, and much more! The region is full of history, and people who know about history, and History Happy Hour is a chance for them to share their exciting knowledge with the wider public. The program is a collaborative effort between local organizations, so audiences will have the chance to interact with multiple groups.

History Happy Hour will be held at the Chester Inn Museum on the third Thursday of the month. Admission is free, and the program will start at 6:30 p.m. The goal of the program is to offer insightful history to the public, foster a collaborative relationship with various individuals and organizations, and increase the role of the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum as a community meeting place.

Rooster Front Creek Walk at Steele Creek Park

Friday – June 22nd, 2018 at 3 pm

Meet Don at Rooster Front Park (located on Vance Drive) for a wet and wild
jaunt into the creek! You’ll search for critters and determine the health of our streams. Wear shoes and clothes
that can get wet!

Check out this post to get a feel for these kinds of events. Or check out this post – Visit Steele Creek Park to see what the park itself is all about. Beautiful!

9th Annual Dragonfly Day at Warrior’s Path State Park

Saturday – June 23rd, 2018 from 9 am to 3 pm

Our region is rich in many varieties of these amazing insects. Dragonflies are fun and challenging to observe. They are also excellent indicators of the health of our natural places. Come spend a day learning to study dragonflies “at home” in their habitats, and also how best to record your observations with photographs.

Our guest leaders will be:

– Larry Everett, an Aquatic Biologist with the TDEC, and an expert on the “baby stage” of dragonflies.

– Richard Connors, State Biologist emeritus, and an expert on observing, identifying, and photographing adult dragonflies

We will meet at the park’s Recreation Building for a short indoor talk on dragonfly observation and identification but will spend most of the day “out in the field” in the park’s rich wetland habitats. Plan to spend a warm summer day outdoors in a variety of natural places, getting “up close and personal” with native dragonflies. You should bring a sack lunch, and dress for outdoor, wet field conditions. You should also bring close-focusing binoculars and a camera if you have them. You can also bring a few of your dragonfly photos to share and to have identified (time permitting). This is a free event, but you must pre-register if you plan to attend. Register here!

Check This Out
NOTE: The New Location for Hand’s On Museum is going to be at the Gray Fossil Site and they open June 14th, 2018! You don’t want to miss the new exhibits! Super Cool! Also, Paleo Camp is happening this month. For this and other Summer Camps In The Tri-Cities – click here.

Fossil & Artifact ID Night at The Gray Fossil Site

Tuesday – June 26th, 2018 from 4 pm to 6 pm

You don’t have to be a paleontologist to find fossils. Identifying them is a different story.  Bring any kind of rock, fossil, artifact, or mineral to Fossil & Artifact ID Night, and scientists at the museum will provide space for the study of these finds. There will be an archaeologist, paleontologist, and geologist on site. The event is free and open to the public but does not include admission to exhibits.

Nerf War at Memorial Park Gym

Friday – June 9th, 2018 from 6 pm to 8 pm

2 hours of foam blasting action! NERF Warriors will enjoy not only head-to-head battles but also a sample of scenarios like:


NERF Warriors may bring their favorite guns, or they can use one from our 70+ NERF gun arsenal. We have an awesome mix of ELITE, MEGA and RIVAL guns to choose from. We provide ALL AMMO.
The custom battlefield will be set-up using our awesome paintball field inflatables, providing plenty of cover and concealment.
NERF War is open to kids ages 7 and up.

$22.00 plus tax per child. More information and tickets available here!

Stories & S’mores around the Campfire – Sycamore Shoals

Friday – June 29th, 2018 starting at 8:30 pm

Join park historic interpreter Chad Bogart for an evening of storytelling around the glow of a crackling campfire. All the ingredients for s’mores will be there (drinks not provided). Enjoy your sweet treat and then settle in for some knee-slapping humor, heartwarming tales, and a bit of wit and wisdom thrown in for good measure. Make sure to bring a chair and/or blanket. The program will be in the lower picnic area. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors.

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Kingsport Aquatic Center is offering half-price hot dogs* and half-price admission after 4 PM every Thursday in June and July!

Attention Homeschool Moms – You Do Not Want To Miss the 2018 Homeschool Mom’s Conference – Learn All About It Here!


homeschool Moms Conference

Volunteer Opportunity At Small Miracles Equestrian Center In Kingsport – They are in need of volunteers right now! Learn more here!

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