Out and About Tri-Cities August 2017

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Out and About Tri-Cities August 2017

Family Friendly Events in the Tri-Cities

Family Friendly Events in the Tri-Cities are in abundance for the end of summer! It is so hard for me to come to terms that the end of Summer is near. It has been the most amazing summer break ever and I am not ready to let it go just yet. So, let’s not! Instead, we have opportunities to hold on to every last second we can squeeze out of it. So, grab your calendar and plan some family time today. Claim it. It’s not over yet…

Smithsonian Exhibit – Things Come Apart – at The Birthplace of Country Music

Now through October 8th, 2017

Through extraordinary photographs, disassembled objects, and fascinating videos, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service’s “Things Come Apart” exhibit reveals the inner workings of common, everyday possessions. Images of dozens of objects explore how things are designed and made and how technology has evolved over time. For example, the individual components of a record player, a Walkman, and iPod illustrate the technical changes in sound reproduction over the years. As a visual investigation of design and engineering, “Things Come Apart” also celebrates classic examples of industrial design like the sewing machine, the mechanical pencil, and the telescope. Additionally, the exhibit explores ideas about reuse, repair, and recycling. Visit The Birthplace of Country Music to learn more about this awesome event!

****Note: Free Day is August 26th from 11 am to 3 pm – Take part in a Free Family Fun Day at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum! Explore maker activities and crafts, including a 3D printer demo presented by the Bristol Public Library, a demo of making art from “found” objects by local artisan Terry Clark, recycling crafts, and more! This event is free and open to the public and includes free admission to Things Come Apart.****

Smithsonian Waterways Exhibit at Warrior’s Path State Park

Tuesday – August 1st through August 6th, 2017 – Noon to 6 pm

The first time ever that a Smithsonian Museum On Main Street exhibit is being hosted by a State Park!
Come dive into water! “Water | Ways” helps us to consider how we use water and what water symbolizes to us; how water unites and divides communities and how people resolve conflicts over this resource; how water affects the way we live, work, create, play and worship; and how we care for our water and protect it for future generations. Learn more here.

“Totality” Planetarium Production at Bay’s Mountain

August 1st through August 20th, 2017


“Totality” is a fascinating look at all the wonders of eclipses, especially total solar eclipses. An eclipse is described simply as when one celestial object blocks another from our view. This program, produced by Bays Mountain Planetarium, examines what eclipses are, how and when they occur, and what wonderful sights they create. We also look back to a fascinating period in scientific discovery when general relativity was proven with the photographic recording of a total solar eclipse. Click here for more details.


Titanic Under the Stars

Saturday – August 5th, 2017 – Preshow at 8:30 pm

This is cool! If you haven’t visited this attraction, you should. They offer homeschool discounts and it is an incredible educational experience you will adore. Right now, they have the actual costumes from the movie! The last time we visited we actually got to see Wallace Hartley’s violin that was recovered after the sinking of the Titanic and then was lost for almost a century. That violin sold for $1.7 million dollars but is obviously priceless. We also spent a Thanksgiving at the Titanic where they put on an epic fireworks display and then made it snow. Yup, they made it snow! I love the Titanic.They are constantly adding exciting new things so you can visit again and again. And now, they are at it again. This time they are offering a free screening of Titanic under the stars on a big screen. Popcorn, candy, and drinks will be available. Bring chairs and blankets. You can tour the museum before the show (the tour is not free but the movie is). Learn more here.

14th Annual Butterfly Count at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Saturday – August 5th, 2017 starting at 9 am

Meet naturalist Don Holt at Sycamore Shoals for this day-long winged adventure across town. Come for all or part of the day. Sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association & Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. (Rain Date to be announced).

Junior Geologist Workshop at Gray Fossil Site

Saturday, August 12th, 2017 from 9:30 to noon

You asked, and we listened-one of our most popular workshops is now available to you on the weekend!  Find out why geology “rocks” in this workshop all about the wonders of the science of geology.  Formulate your own ooey gooey quicksand and make a sinkhole in a cup.  Explore the differences between rocks and minerals, then try out a rock and mineral hardness test while learning about Mohs Hardness Scale!  A healthy snack is included.  Cost $12 for members, $15 for non-members.  Ages 5-13. Payment is required with registration by Wednesday, August 2nd.  To register, please email reservations@handsonmuseum.org.  To ensure a fun, effective, and consistent workshop experience, parents/guardians may not present in the workshop.

Solar Eclipse Event at Johnson City Public Library – First one since 1918

Thursday – August 17th, 2017 and Monday – August 21st, 2017

T and I are ridiculously excited for the Solar Eclipse. We love all things space! We had our names put on the hard drive that was sent on the Mars Rover. We tune into every NASA live event we can manage throughout our school year and we study each planet with the greatest enthusiasm. So this is huge to us! The Johnson City Public Library is giving out eclipse glasses starting August 1st so make sure to go get yours. They are offering a really cool pre event on the 17th. Here are the details:

Dr. Rico Ignace from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at East Tennessee State University will explain how and why solar eclipses occur and go over the proper way to view an eclipse safely. Library staff will assist patrons in making their own pinhole viewers out of everyday materials for safe eclipse viewing. A limited number of eclipse glasses will be handed out to the attendees of this program on a first-come, first serve basis.

On the 21st they will be streaming NASA’s live feed during their viewing event. Be there by 1:30. This is not something you want to miss.

*Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also offering a very cool viewing event. Click here to learn about it.*

Afternoon at The Farmstead – Soap Making with the Hyder’s at Roan Mountain State Park

Saturday – August 19th, 2017 from noon to 2 pm

Step back in time with historical interpreters and folkways demonstrators Nat and Sherri Hyder as they teach us the traditional methods for making old-fashioned lye soap. Meet at the Miller Farmstead at Roan Mountain.

Appalachian Fair

August 21st through August 26th, 2017

An educational and entertaining family event for the past 91 years! Competitive exhibits for Youth, Livestock and Farm and Home! Main Stage Country Entertainers each night, automotive sports in the Appalachian Arena, and local pageants and talent competitions on the Museum Stage. Midway provided by the number one midway in America – The Drew Exposition. Over 100 commercial exhibitors! Barnyard Nursery, Tennessee Wildlife Building, Antique Farm and Home Museum, and much more! Fun for the entire family! Admission – $8 for adults; 6-11 – $3;5 and under free, Parking $3 per car.

Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk at Steele Creek Park

Friday – August 25th, 2017 at 4 pm

We have enjoyed so many guided hikes at Steele Creek Park and we are really looking forward to this one. Meet Lance at the Nature Center! (Check out our Groundhog Day Hike at Steele Creek Park to see what a guided hike is all about. Or check out this post to learn more about the park in general.)

Tom Sawyer at Theatre Bristol

August 25th through September 10th, 2017 (weekends)

Theatre Bristol is pleased to present Mark Twain’sTom Sawyer as part of its family-friendly 52nd season. It thanks, Artisan Center Theater for generously making this performance possible.Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer had its world premiere at Artisan Center Theater in Hurst, Texas, in February of 2015. Based off the book by Mark Twain, it was adapted and directed by Joe Sturgeon and music directed by Richard Gwozdz, with choreography by Gina Gwozdz, stage managed by Cassondra Plybon and designed by David D. Hyde Jr. Click here for more information.

Junior Inventor’s Workshop at Hand’s On Museum

Monday – August 28th, 2017 – 9:30 am to noon

Celebrate National Inventors Month with a workshop that will help you hone in your craftsmanship, skill, and ingenuity.  Assemble a miniature hovercraft, build your own table-sized, self-supporting bridge and create your own 2-liter bottle, rocket launcher.  Then put your new skills to the test with a free-building activity, and invent a one-of-a-kind contraption in our feature exhibit, Make It. Take It.  A healthy snack will be included as well.  Cost $12 for members, $15 for non-members. Ages 7-12.  Payment is required with registration by Wednesday, August 16th.  To register, email reservations@handsonmuseum.org.

For my Homeschool Moms! I have been doing lesson planning and I wanted to offer you all a few free printables. We keep a weekly whiteboard which includes our Quote of the Week, our Verse of the Week, our schedule and more. If you do the same, click on the posts below and you can print off these free lists and have one more thing done before school starts 🙂  Enjoy and be blessed.

Also, if you are looking for a great hike you may consider Roan Mountain. We spent the first day of summer there and we intend to spend the last day of Summer there too. It’s gorgeous and restorative. What more can you ask for?

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Be blessed,


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