Out and About Tri-Cities – May 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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Local Family Fun
Creative and Crafty: Mother’s Day Shadowbox Project at Bristol Public Library
Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at 5:30 pm
A special project for Mother’s Day! On May 2, starting at 5:30 p.m., we’ll be decorating Mother’s Day-themed shadow boxes with paper flowers and vinyl.
The cost for this project is $10 per person, but it will include all supplies needed, including the shadow box, paper, vinyl, and hot glue. Space is limited to only 10 students, so registration is required. To register, please call or email Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pollinator Sculpture Unveiling at Johnson City Public Library,
Friday, May 3rd. 2019 at 5 pm
Pollinator Sculpture Unveiling will be held at 5 p.m. in front of the Johnson City Public Library, 100 W. Millard St. Celebrate the library’s pollinator garden with the dedication of the Mary Granger memorial sculpture, Pollination, by artist Catherina Murray. Mayor Jenny Brock will read a proclamation on behalf of the City Commission. The first 50 children in attendance will be invited to plant their own sunflowers provided by What’s the Buzz!
First Friday – Downtown Mini Golf in Bristol
Friday, May 3rd. 2019 at 6 pm
Join us Friday, May 3rd, at 6:00 pm for the second round of Downtown Mini Golf through the shops and restaurants of Downtown Bristol! Each participating location will have its own unique mini golf hole to challenge you along your way. This is a family-friendly event, all ages are welcome!!
$5 each to get your card and very own golf ball. $3 each for families with 3 or more children and $1 each for children 5 and under. Turn in your completed card at your last location at the end of the night to be entered in for a prize drawing!
Blooming Art Workshop for Kids at Home Depot In Johnson City
Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Make Mom’s day with a handmade blooming art piece. In this hands-on workshop, you and your child can discuss the art of patience as you build a blooming work of art to gift or put on display. Once it is built, your child can decorate it with paint. 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.
Birthplace of Country Music Free Family Fun Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019,12 pm
Join the Birthplace of Country Music and the Bristol Public Library at the museum for a free Family Fun Day! We will be offering an Instrument Petting Zoo, giving kids a chance to learn about and play a variety of stringed instruments; various craft activities; poetry and typewriters with Langley “Casual Word” Shazor; and free entry to the special exhibit, Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature.
And remember, from 10 am to 6 pm, there are lots of great activities and vendors downtown for Free Comic Book Day on 6th Street, coordinated by Mountain Empire Comics!
This Family Fun Day is companion programming to Reading Appalachia, on display until June 30, 2019. Special thanks to the Massengill-DeFriece Foundation for their support of this exhibit and its related programming.
Please note that if you would like to also visit the museum’s permanent exhibits on Family Fun Day, museum admission will apply.
“Capture The Moment” – Spring Photo Workshop at Warrior’s Path State Park
Monday, May 6th, 2019 from 4:30 pm to 8 pm
Come sharpen your photographic skills and explore the beauty of your State Park. Spend an evening immersed in the rich natural beauty of scenic Warriors’ Path State Park. Stroll through the rich green woods, surrounded by diverse fauna and flora. At the same time, learn to use your camera to better preserve the beauty of the landscape, and to share your unique vision of nature with others. We will spend a short time indoors, learning basic nature photography techniques. The indoor session will be held at the park’s Recreation Building. This will include tips on camera settings, composition, and using natural light. We will spend the rest of the evening “out on the trail,” seeking out spring wildflowers, spring scenes, and other spring discoveries to photograph and enjoy. Remember that nature photography can get rather messy – be prepared to get damp and dirty! Wear long pants and sturdy hiking boots. Bring water and a snack. Also bring along rain gear, for yourself and your camera – weather can be very unpredictable in the East Tennessee hills. Of course, do bring your camera. DSLR’s as well as “point and shoot” cameras are welcome. Bringing a tripod also is strongly recommended, as well as spare camera batteries, lenses, filters, and any other accessories. Have a sturdy knapsack to carry your photo equipment. Cost of class is $25. Register here.
TNVA Tri-Cities Student Outing Day at Warrior’s Path State Park
Friday, May 10, 2019, from 10 am to 12 noon
Join us at Warriors Path State Park Playground for the free TNVA Tri-Cities student outing day.
We will plan to gather at the pavilion inside the Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground area at 10:00 am EST. There is a large playground, various picnic areas, and other activity options such as paddle boating and disc golf. Mr. Ogden also plans to lead a hike around the area for anyone interested. Fun for all age groups.
Bring sunscreen and pack a lunch if your family plans to join our school picnic lunch. You might also want to bring a towel or picnic blanket in the event the park becomes crowded around lunchtime.
Art in the Park 2019 at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough
Saturday, May 11, 10 am – 7 pm
The best art show and sale in Jonesborough will take place on Saturday, May 11, 10 am, – 7 pm. The show will be held on the grounds of the International Storytelling Center in the heart of Jonesborough, Tennessee.
The goal of this show is to highlight the fine art produced in our region. The Town of Jonesborough is dedicated to bringing the community at large closer together and show other communities the creative influence that the arts can bring to their quality of life. It is imperative that the quality of this fine art show be maintained and offer patrons the opportunity to experience the art of the highest standards.
For more information visit mckinneycenter.com or call 423-753-0562.
Bristol Ballet’s production of “The Wizard of Oz”
Saturday, May 11th. 2019 at 5:30 pm
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Paramount Bristol for Bristol Ballet’s production of “The Wizard of Oz”! Kicking off a multiple event celebration at the Paramount of the 80th anniversary of the movie release, Bristol Ballet puts its own spin on the familiar story and characters. Music, storyline, and characters will all be recognized as they dance their way to the Emerald City to help Dorothy find her way home. One show only, so get your tickets now! Bristol Ballet is funded in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Art Works, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Get your tickets here.
2019 Junior Trout Tournament at Roan Mountain State Park
Saturday, May 11th. 2019 at 8 am
On Saturday, May 11th, Roan Mountain State Park will be partnering with the Elizabethton Elks Lodge for our 2019 Junior Trout Tournament. Kids 6-14 years of age may enter to have a chance at catching “the big one.” Tagged rainbow and brown trout will be stocked prior to the event along the Doe River for scoring purposes.
Tournament registration begins at 8:00 AM on May 11th at the Roan Mountain State Park Amphitheater. Fishing will begin at 9:00 AM. Junior fishers will be eligible for several prizes based on their fishing scores. Be sure to arrive early for registration!
Wetlands Water Park Sneak Peek Days
Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tickets $9 per person for ages 4 and up. Half priced tickets beginning at 3 pm.
*Also note the End of School Bash is on the 23rd and the grand opening of the park will be on the 25th. Click here for details.*
Evening Star Party – Blue Moon at Hands On Museum
Saturday, May 18th, 8:00pm-10:00pm
Join us for some out-of-this-world star gazing! Take a turn using our Celestron NexStar computerized telescope or astronomy binoculars. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. This rare calendar event only happens once every few years, giving rise to the term, “once in a blue moon.” Weather permitting, stay tuned to social media for more information and for updates regarding weather. Limited access to scopes and binoculars based on attendees. Admission is $3 per person ages 4+, under 4 are free. Exhibit spaces are closed during this event. Made possible in part by TVA.
25th Annual Siege of Fort Watauga
Saturday and Sunday, May 18th and 19th, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm
It is the summer of 1776 and the Watauga settlement is at war. Join us as hundreds of colonial and Native reenactors present this dramatic retelling of the Cherokee attack brought on the settlers of the Watauga Valley. Visit the living history camps, shop with period vendors, and witness battle re-enactments both days. Hear the rattle of muskets, smell the campfire smoke and see history come to life at the Siege of Fort Watauga. Contact the park for a detailed schedule.
Kid Power at The Johnson City Farmer’s Market
Saturday, May 25, 2019, from 9 am to 12 pm
Kid Power promotes the mental wellness of children, youth, and their families. All children, youth and families are invited to Kid Power 2019 featuring over 20 interactive educational booths, music, dance, open mic, art, yoga, karate demonstration, photo booths and more. Admission is FREE!
Mommy & Me Morning at Into The Fire
Wednesday, May 29th from 10 am til Noon
Bring your little ones in to paint fun hand & feet prints! We’ve got great ideas to get those Father’s Day gifts ready to wrap!
$5 plus pottery selected.
We’ve got lots of examples and free custom lettering that morning! No reservations needed, just stop by for some painting fun!
Out of Town Fun
2019 Pigeon Forge Artifact Show
Friday – Saturday – Sunday, May 31, June 1 & 2nd
The Genuine Indian Relic Society and the Volunteer State Archaeological Society are sponsoring the 2019 Pigeon Forge Artifact Show on May 31, June 1 & 2nd at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Setup and preview will take place on Friday from 2 pm to 8 pm. The show will be open on Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm, and Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm. There will be over 200 tables of artifacts on display, with some for sale.
Fun Events For Homeschoolers
It’s Electric Homeschool Drop-Off Workshop at Hands On Museum
Wednesday, May 8th, 9:30am-12: 30 pm
We’re getting amped up about some electrifying experiments! You might short circuit from the fun of creating LED gadgets and masterpieces, play with snap circuits, experiment with plasma globes, and create a human circuit to light up a bulb! Then finish out the workshop with a private showing of our world-record holding, bi-polar, musical Tesla coil! Cost $12 for members, $15 for non-members. Ages 5-12. A healthy nut-free snack will be provided. Limited space is available. Payment is required with registration by Wednesday, May 1st. Admission to exhibits is an additional cost.
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 from 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Orebank Missionary Baptist Church (same location as last year) 5930 Orebank Road, Kingsport 37664
Anyone can sell or shop and there is no need to register. Just show up with your books priced. The tables are a first come/first served basis and each seller will have 1/2 to a full table depending on participation and space. NO COST for KACHEA members to sell, but non-members must pay a seller’s fee of $5.00. (The seller’s fee will be waived if you sign up for KACHEA that evening.)
Important Dates This Month
National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
Get Your Free Printable National Day of Prayer Student Workbook right here.
Mother’s Day 2019 is May 12th, 2019
National Missing Children’s Day is May 25th, 2019
TN Child ID Program Event at Kingsport Lodge from 2 pm to 5 pm
National Missing Children’s Day is an annual observation in the United States designed to highlight the problem of child abduction.
Tennessee Child Identification Program Established to raise public awareness concerning the risk of abduction or exploitation that our children now face in today’s society.
• At each TN CHIP Event, parents are provided, at no cost, a Complete ID Package that has been designed to provide a thorough description of their child.
• Each Id Packet contains vital identifying items for a child such as comprehensive identification questionnaire, hair samples, DNA sample, etc…
• The ID packets are retained by the parents and each parent is encouraged to annually update their child’s ID kit as they grow with a current photo and any other pertinent information about their child that may aid Law Enforcement Agencies in the recovery of their child should the unthinkable ever happen.
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