Out and About Tri-Cities May 2017

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Out and About Tri-Cities May 2017

Family Friendly Events in the Tri-Cities

Every month as we plan our schedule, we gather the best events in the Tri-Cities and share them with you! As a homeschooling family we are especially interested in anything educational but as long as it is family-friendly fun we are game!  Check out this months collection of outstanding family-friendly events you and your family can enjoy!

We had so much fun in April! T took part in the Deerslayer Jr. competition. We visited Milligan College for their Edible Book Festival! We hiked Laurel Falls! We learned about Da Vinci and put together an awesome catapult. Our Universal Yums Box was from Austria so we had a lot of fun studying their culture! We worked hard in Chemistry and had so much fun designing his Good and Evil Faces of the Elements Project! We also planted our gardens and did a lot of yard work followed by a lot of grilling! T has mastered the kitchen and is now loving our grill! We have a had a great time but we are ready for May now!

April Fun in the Tri-Cities

Explore Science: Earth & Space

May 3rd – 15th, 2017 at Hand’s On Museum

Join Hand’s On Museum for something out of this world in honor of Astronomy Week and Astronaut Day! Explore Earth and space with a variety of experiments changing throughout the day, each day including making clouds, investigating gravity, exploring icy worlds, and much, much more! Activities will introduce you to research happening at NASA, Earth and planetary science, and astrophysics.

Jonesborough Mythbusting Tour

Saturday – May 6th, 2017 starting at 1:00 pm – Tickets are $5.00

Jonesborough is the Oldest Town in Tennessee and the Storytelling Capital of the World, so it’s only natural that the Town has some big myths that need busting. On the other hand, 238 years of history has produced some outrageously true stories. Think you can separate the myths from the facts? Put your detective skills and knowledge to the test with us. How outrageous is Jonesborough’s history? Come along and find out! Jonesborough’s Mythbusting Tour will start at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are only $5.00 per person and can be purchased directly at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum on Main Street. For more information, please contact the Heritage Alliance at 423.753.9580 or the Chester Inn Museum at 423.753.4580. The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences. For more information, please call our office at 423.753.9580, or contact the organization via email at info@heritageall.org. Additional information can also be found online at http://www.heritageall.org/.

Wilderness Wildlife Week

May 9th – 13th, 2017 in Pigeon Forge!

This is our favorite week! Events are free and take place in the LaConte Center. The last time we went we were able to attend a Predators of the Sky Class and saw owls, a Golden Eagle, and so many other amazing hawks. T even got his picture taken with the same Eagle that flies over the Olympic games. I fell in love with an owl named Beauty. We had so much fun so we will be going back.

Click here to learn more but here are the basic details.

Nature lovers, hikers and outdoors enthusiasts unite for Wilderness Wildlife Week™ in Pigeon Forge!

From educational programs designed specifically for the youngsters to guided hikes into the Great Smoky Mountains for the more adventurous folks, Wilderness Wildlife Week offers a variety of programs for all ages and interests.

This spring celebration of the great outdoors is free and open to the public Seminars and workshops are offered daily at the LeConte Center.

What better place to celebrate the features, creatures and cultures of Great Smoky Mountains National Park than in the Center of Fun in The Smokies?

Junior Trout Tournament 2017

Saturday – May 13th, 2017 – Registration at 8 am – Starts at 9 am at Roan Mountain State Park

Young anglers will enjoy a spring morning of trout fishing in Roan Mountain State Park.  The Doe River is stocked with tagged fish prior to the event, and prizes are awarded. Registration begins at the Park Amphitheater at 8:00 AM and fishing starts at 9:00 AM.  Sponsored by the Elizabethton Elks Lodge in partnership with Roan Mountain State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater.

*Fishing only open to kids ages 6-14.*

Erwin Fish Hatchery Tour

Wednesday – May 17th, 2017 from 9 am to noon

The following school field trips and trout releases have been scheduled. You are welcome and encouraged to participate or come out to enjoy the morning with the students. There will be demonstrations and stream studies provided by the participating agencies. Learn more here.

Organic Gardening Workshop

Saturday – May 20th, 2017 from 10 to 11:30 am at Johnson City Home Depot

Sign up for this workshop and take your outdoor skills to the next level with organic gardening. An Associate will walk you through the steps involved in creating an organic garden, including all the best ways to prepare your garden soil naturally. In addition, you’ll see how to select the best seeds and plants to grow organically. Plus, find out how to protect your garden with all-natural and organic insect control.

The 23rd Annual Iris Festival

Saturday and Sunday – May 20th and 21st in Greeneville TN

The Iris Festival is back again! Check out this coverage from last year’s festivities to get an idea of what they have to offer!

Winged Deer Trailwork Party

Sunday – May 21st, 2017 from 12:30 to 4 pm at Winged Deer Park

We are huge fans of Winged Deer Park! T just took part in the Deerslayer Jr Obstacle Course and it was so fun plus we love to hike the trails and play disc golf there. The park is beautiful and well kept for every visit. It seems only fair we take part in this event! Here are the details: Join us as we continue to create a new trail system in Johnson City. All you need is sturdy shoes, gloves & water. We’ll provide the tools & food after we’re done. No experience necessary.

Enviroscape at The Gray Fossil Site

Tuesday – May 30th, 2017

Learn all about keeping our planet beautiful for years to come in recognition of World Environment Day.  Check out a miniature watershed in action with our three-dimensional EnviroScape and watch a miniature volcano erupt.  Programs announced periodically throughout each day.

I will be posting this month about some of our favorite hiking trails so stay in touch. Please feel free to sign up for our free monthly newsletter to stay informed about more family friendly events and inspiration. We hope you have found some wonderful things to enjoy with your family! Hope to see you out there!

Be blessed,


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