Out and About Tri-Cities September 2018

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Out and About Tri-Cities September 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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There is a lot to look forward to this month!

Hand’s On Discovery Center September Art Studio Program

All Month Long

Join us in the Art Studio for Katsushika Hokusai inspired watercolor wave paintings, pattern plate rubbings, artist(s) of the month coloring pages, and Dale Chihuly inspired coffee filter sculptures.  All activities are self-guided with instructions provided.  Stop by and get creative!



The Splash at Franklin Pool and Splashpad in Elizabethton

Saturday – September 1st, 2018 from 10 am to 8 pm

Join us for our annual End of Season Party at Franklin Pool and Splashpad!
Free admission all day, live DJ, inflatables, games and Red Dirt Romeo performs 6-8 P.M. – all FREE to enjoy!
Concessions will be available for purchase.

Mondays Making Fire at David Crockett Birthplace State Park

Monday – September 3rd, 2018 from 1 pm to 2 pm

Did you ever wonder how a fire was made before the invention of matches and lighters? Meet at the Crockett Homestead outdoor kitchen to learn the technique of making flint and steel fire. The program takes place each Monday at 1:00 pm through September 10, 2018

Flying Legends of Victory Tour – Tri-Cities Airport

Tuesday – September 4th, 2018 at 2 pm (Other Dates Available)

The type of fast, muscular aircraft made famous in the 1942 Doolittle Raid during WWII will be on public exhibition at the Tri-Cities Airport Tuesday, September 4 – Sunday, September 9, 2018.

The B-25J ‘Maid in the Shade’ is one of the Arizona Commemorative Air Force’s combat aircraft based at its world-famous museum based in Mesa, Arizona.

Tour Hours: Monday, Friday – Sunday: 2 pm – 6 pm and Tuesday – Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm. Standard plane tour fees are $10/person and $20/family of four.

Umoja Festival

Friday and Saturday – September 7th and 8th 2018

Umoja (U-moja) (Oomoja), is Swahili for “Unity” which is to be in harmony and on one accord, to combine include all.

For the past 20 years, the Umoja Arts and Cultural Inc. which is comprised of approximately 20 board members, has provided Northeast Tennessee with a variety of entertaining and educational opportunities. Our mission is: To bridge and unify diverse cultures through education and artistic presentations of art, culture, and heritage to improve and promote the region.

Appalachian Renaissance Faire in Piney Flats

Saturday and Sunday – September 8th and 9th 2018 from 10 am to 6 pm

The Second Annual Appalachian Renaissance Faire is coming Sept 8th – 9th, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days. The Duke and Duchess of the Duchy of Appalachia invite you to join in on the fun, food, and frolic for all. Come to see the Fairies, the Mermaids, the Pirates, the Knights jousting, the Warriors Way with all the weapon demos and sparring, the Dragons not to mention the vendors, entertainers, and more. Tickets will be sold at the door…
Prices are- $15/day or $25/weekend  Seniors & Vets -$12/day Children 6 to 13 -$10/day Children 5 and under- Free

Carter Mansion

Carter Mansion Tour

Tuesday – September 11th, 2018 at 11 am

Join Ranger Davis for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house! Discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the family who built it between 1775 and 1780. Tour will be given in 18th century period clothing. The Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

  • $7.00 / Adults
  • $3.00 / ages 7 to 17
  • $0.00 / 5 and under

Pre-registration is required.


Map and Compass Class st Bay’s Mountain

Thursdays – September 13th and September 27th at 6 pm

A map is a crucial tool for accurate navigation, especially where trail signs, blazes, and markers are absent. The first session will focus on three parts: how to find your way with just a compass, how to orient a map with a compass and how to backtrack. The second session will focus on two parts, how to navigate using specific coordinates and how to take specific coordinates and pair it with a map to find hidden flags in a specific area. Cost for each program is $3 per person per session and free for park members. Registration is required by calling the Nature Center at 423-229-9447. Space is limited to 20 guests. The program will take place in the Discovery Theater.

Sorghum Festival at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site

Saturday – September 15th, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm

Join us as our Sorghum team teaches about how sorghum is made and watch as they cook down the juices into sweet sorghum. The team will be showing the step for step process in the making of the sorghum, including having Mules turning the mill. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children twelve and under. Children three and under free. Members of Tipton-Haynes are also FREE!

JC Parks Treasure Hunt

Saturday – September 15th, 2018 from 9 am to 12 noon

Open to all ages
Cost: Free
Clues will be posted on our social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @jcparktn on September 15 at 9 a.m.
Great prizes! Great Fun! Join the action!
For more info, call 423-434-5749

Dutch Ovens on the Mountain at Miller Farmstead Roan Mountain State Park

Saturday – September 29th, 2018 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

Join us from 11:00 AM till 12:30 PM on Saturday, September 29th for our first in a series of Dutch Oven cooking workshops. This outdoor workshop takes place at the historic Miller Farmstead atop beautiful Strawberry Mountian, located in Roan Mountain State Park. Ranger Phil Hylen will be introducing the must-knows of dutch oven cooking while serving up old-timey recipes perfect for the cool autumn season.

This week’s Dutch Oven recipe will be a classic: Country-style chicken and dumplings with an autumn salad on the side. The meal ingredients are listed below, so be sure to check for any possible allergies before registering. This program is limited to 8 people and costs $10.00 per participant. This cost includes the lesson and meal.

Register here.

Free Kick Butt Kids Conference at Memorial Park Community Center

Saturday, September 29 at 11 am to 2 pm

All 3rd-6th graders are invited to come to learn how to be “Kick Butt Kids!” This conference is FREE, includes lunch, a snack and LOTS of fun!
11:00-11:30: Registration & FREE Chick fil a lunch
Music: DJ Drew – A Sharp Entertainment/ Dance contest 
11:30-12:10 Matt Fore Magic Show 
12:10-12:40 Motivation & Self- Esteem- Ryan Witten 
Breakout sessions: 
1. Anti- Bullying 
2. Tobacco Prevention
3. Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention
1:45-2:00 Music & Dance contest, Snack & Resources for people who need help

Register HERE!

This program is funded through a grant contract with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Fall Folk Arts Festival at Exchange Place

Saturday and Sunday – September 29th and 30th, 2018

We anticipate another perfect Autumn weekend this year. The historic valley farmstead bustles with activity by vendors, demonstrators, bakers, and kettle corn makers! The Brunswick stew and apple butter kettle’s over the open fire yields a distinctive and inviting aroma to the grounds. Music filled the air throughout the weekend from the community band, dulcimer players, and bluegrass bands, The harvest market includes a colorful array of corn, pumpkins, and squash. Many heritage craftspeople demonstrate the “necessities of the 1850’s” – vegetable dyeing, quilting, basketmaking, ropemaking, chairmaking, caning, whittling, blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, pottery, hearth side cooking, soap making, apple cider squeezing, and hand made toys – to name a few. Cotswold sheep are fed and petted; Zack and Elliott, the team of Suffolk horses, pull the large three seater station wagon; the Durham cows bawl in the paddock, and the chickens try to hide.

Homeschool Days Events

Alcatraz East Crime Museum:

Only $12 per person +tax or $10 per person +tax if you have a group of 10 or more!
Students will explore the history of American Crime, Law Enforcement & Forensic Science. Scavenger hunt available upon request. The $10 ticket only applies to groups of 10 or more and advanced registration is required.· The rate is available only on weekdays when school is in session. (September 3rd through October 31st, 2018)
These special promotional rates cannot be combined with other discounts or offers and are not valid on holidays.
Please call group sales at 865-453-3278 to make a group reservation or email groupsales@alcatrazeast.com

Rocky Mount Homeschool Days

Monday – September 10th and 17th, 20018

This program allows homeschooled children the opportunity to participate in Rocky Mount’s Tour & Craft program without having to have a “classroom” sized group to come. The Historic Site will open for Living History Tours from 10-4 with a pause for lunch.

Admission is $5 for everyone ages 5 and older, with a family rate of $20 for families of 5 or more. (Members of Rocky Mount are $3 for everyone ages 5 and older, with a family rate of $10.)

Each craft is $3 per child per session.

Craft options this year are Candle making, Food Preservation, Soap making, 18th-century games, and Pewter casting. You must call and signup for the classes as there is a limited amount of space for each time slot.

Make your reservations today by calling us at (423) 538-7396!

See How Our Trip To Rocky Mount Homeschool Days Went Here

Rocky Mount Homeschool Days

Home School Day at Hands-On Discovery Center

Monday – September 17th, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm

Join us for this special day from 10am-2pm as we open our doors especially for our loyal home school visitors. Come together to network, explore, learn, and play! Pre-registration is required by Friday, September 13th to receive the discounted Home School Days rate of $8 per person for ages 4+ for general admission, otherwise, tickets are $10 at the door. To make your reservation, email reservations@visithandson.org or call 423-434-4263 ext. 808.

Additional activities for Home School Day include:
Owl Pellet Dissection – 11 am
additional $5 per person and includes 1 owl pellet (register by Mon., Sept. 10th)
Tesla Experience Show*
additional $3 per person ages 4+ (tickets available at the reception desk)
Paleo Tour*
additional $3 per person ages 4+ (tickets available at the reception desk)
*BUNDLE AND SAVE – Purchase a Tesla & Paleo ticket together for only $5!

Chimney Rock State Park Homeschool Days

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Homeschool families and associations have been coming to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park for experiential education opportunities for years. Hands-on programs with naturalists, guided hikes on a variety of trails and the chance to meet new families from around the region are just some of the reasons our annual homeschool events have become so popular. So, make a trip of it and take advantage of the many lessons we have planned for you.

See How Our Recent Trip To Chimney Rock State Park Went

Chimney Rock State Park Review

WonderWorks Homeschool Days:
September 2018, October 2018, January 2019, February 2019 & May 2019

Only $12 per person +tax or $10 per person +tax if you have a group of 10 or more!
· Students will explore over 100 interactive educational exhibits and build confidence in our indoor ropes course challenge!
· Classroom activities, lesson plans, and scavenger hunts are available upon request.
· The $10 ticket only applies to groups of 10 or more and advanced registration is required.
· The rate is available only when school is in session.
· This special promotional rate cannot be combined with other discounts or offers and is not valid on holidays.
· Closed-toed shoes are required for the ropes course. Height and weight restrictions apply on some rides.

For questions or to book your group of 10 or more please email homeschools@wonderworkstn.com.

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