Out and About Tri-Cities September 2017

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Out and About Tri-Cities September 2017

Family Friendly Events In The Tri Cities

School has begun! We are having a blast with it! Last month was amazing and we enjoyed many opportunities to get out there and have fun learning. Without a doubt, we had a favorite! Bay’s Mountains presentation of Totality was spectacular! We hope you all had a chance to enjoy it too.

September is a great month to be a homeschooler in the Tri-Cities! There are some outstanding educational opportunities just waiting for us to show up! Let’s do this!

Oscar Wilde Quote

Astronomy Club at Bay’s Mountain

Friday – September 1st, 2017 from 7 pm to 9 pm

Typically on the first Friday of most months, the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club hosts a free, public club meeting. You don’t have to be an amateur astronomer to enjoy our monthly keynote speaker. Anyone is welcome and is a great way to learn about basic astronomy! Meet at the Nature Center; Discovery Theater Classroom.



Fall Naturalist Rally at Roan Mountain

September 8th through the 10th, 2017

Come join us for our annual Fall Naturalist Rally, the Friends of Roan Mountain are continuing the tradition of this rally in its 55th year! The event will be held at the Roan Mountain State Park Conference center beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September the 8th. This is a weekend event that will conclude on Sunday. We will offer many hikes, programs, field trips, evening speakers, and children’s activities that center around nature conservation and the local ecosystems of the Roan Mountain area. We are very excited about the evening speakers, they include Dr. Andy Jones, Ornithologist and Director of Science at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the legendary Park Ranger Marty Silver. This is an event for all ages and we encourage every member of your family to attend. Evening and lunch programs will take place in Roan Mountain State Park ’s Conference Center and field trips will leave from the field on the left before the cabins in the park.

To view the brochure with schedule click here.

For pricing click here.

Mountain Wide Scavenger Hunt at Grandfather Mountain

Saturday – September 9th, 2017 from 11 am to 4 pm

Families are invited to visit Grandfather Mountain for a mountain-wide scavenger hunt. Participants can follow the clues to locations within the park, where they’ll learn about the creatures that live on Grandfather Mountain. Those who complete all the necessary steps will win the game – and prizes! (This is outside the Tri-Cities but from our home in Elizabethton it is just over an hour drive.-Well worth it!)

Teen Game Lounge at Johnson City Public Library

Tuesday – September 12th, 2017 at 6 pm

Get together for Game Night! Board Games, Video Games, or bring your own games! Ages 12 to 18.


Homeschool Days at Rocky Mount

Homeschool Days at Rocky Mount

September 11th and September 18th, 2017

You know we love Homeschool Days at Rocky Mount! Check out last years visit! T loved working with the blacksmith!

Reservations are now being taken! Please call to reserve your spot in our craft sessions. Crafts offered on both days will be Stenciling (For Ages 5+), Food Preservation (For Ages 6+), Soap Making (For Ages 8+), 18th Century Games (For Ages 8+), and Pewter Casting (For Ages 10+). Craft slots are limited so make sure to get your reservation in so you don’t miss out on this fun event. Call 423-538-7396 to make your reservation today!

Warbirds at the TRI (Tri-Cities Airport)

September 11th to 18th, 2017 at 11 am
Introducing Warbirds at TRI for the 99’s, a fundraising event to help fund and empower women aviators by supporting The 99’s. The event will be September 11-18th at Tri-Cities Airport featuring several World War II era Warbirds, 1940’s style pin-up photo shoots with the Warbirds, Ford Mustang, and P-51 Mustang photo shoots.

Wonderful Service Opportunity – Rise Against Hunger!

Thursday -September 14th, 2017 – 5 pm to 7 pm
22,000 Persons Die a Day from Starvation. YOU can help keep this from happening! Culp Center Ballroom – Wesley Memorial UMC and the ETSU – Wesley Foundation will be hosting a Meal Packing Event to prepare 30,000 meals to distribute to those in need in third world countries. These nutritional, easily digested, and filling meals will be given to schools and clinics leading to better attendance, improved learning, and compliment the treatments the sick are receiving. AND IT’LL ONLY TAKE 2 HOURS OF YOUR TIME!!! Please plan to join us in this worthwhile endeavor! To register to volunteer, go to wesleymemorialumc.org or call 282-6722 for more information. See you there!!!

Sorghum Making Festival at Tipton-Haynes

Saturday – September 16th, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm
Join us at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site 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 by 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.

 PBS American Experience Documentary – Tesla – The Birthplace of Country Music

Saturday – September 23rd, 2017 at 1 pm

During Museum Day Live! on September 23, 2017, we will offer a free film screening of the PBS documentary American Experience: Tesla at 1:00 pm in the museum’s Performance Theater.

Nikola Tesla has come to be seen by many as a tragic figure, a visionary engineer who died impoverished and largely forgotten, eclipsed by names such as Edison and Marconi. A tireless inventor who registered numerous patents and developed many working prototypes, Tesla would become most famous for his dazzling demonstrations of his innovation and creativity. Unfortunately, Tesla the strange wizard and made scientist overtook Tesla the brilliant engineer. That his ideas ricocheted from tangible inventions to projections of a future with head-spinning possibilities only partly explained his ultimate downfall. Yet it was his technology that helped drive the electrical age in the 20th century, and his vision that imagined the wireless world of today. American Experience: Tesla chronicles the life of a man whose ideas revolutionized his time, and ours.

This free film screening is companion programming for our current special exhibit Things Come Apart, which is on display through October 8, 2017.

Homeschool Day at Hands On Museum!

Monday – September 25th, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm

Join us for this special day just for our loyal home school visitors. Come together to network, explore, play, experience STEAM concepts, and get the latest scoop on workshops, outreach, and field trip opportunities! Eastman Discovery Lab and Art Studio programs will be announced throughout the event. In addition, our feature exhibit, Make It. Take It. will also be open for this event. Pre-registration is required to receive the discounted Home School Days rate of $6 per person for ages 3+, otherwise, tickets are $9 at the door. To make your reservation, please email reservations@handsonmuseum.org by Friday, September 22nd.
Additional activities include: Tesla Experience Showadditional $2 per person ages 3+ (tickets available at the door)
Owl Pellet Dissection (11:00am & 1:00pm) additional $5 per person ages 3+ (pre-register by Thursday, September 14th)

Movie Night at Gray Fossil Site

Friday – September 29th, 2017 at 6:30 pm
“Block” out some time for a movie full of building blocks, superheroes, jokers, vigilantes, crime fighting, and more! Can our hero drop the act, work with others, and learn to lighten up to save his city from a hostile takeover? (Rated PG) The Museum gift shop will be open and stocked with snacks, drinks, and other various merchandise available for purchase (Outside food and drink not permitted). Cost: Movie viewing is FREE in the ECU Classroom with limited seating available. Themed activities will be available at intermission for $2 per person ages 3+. (Our Museum exhibition space will be closed. Adult supervision required at all times.) Doors open at 6:30, the movie begins at 6:45, with an intermission at the movie’s midpoint.

Public Land’s Stewardship at Warrior’s Path

Saturday – September 30th, 2017 from 9:30 am to noon

We all enjoy and benefit from our public lands. Here’s your chance to give a little back! We will be working on several park stewardship projects including exotic plant and shrub removal and trash pick up. A few hours of hard work will make YOUR State Park a healthier habitat for all of us! Be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy close-toed shoes or boots. Bring along your work gloves and some drinking water. We’ll meet on Duck Island near the Recreation Building for orientation and paperwork.

*Similiar Public Lands Service Day at Roan Mountain. Click here for details.

Thank you so much for visiting our blog today! We invite you to sign up for our monthly newsletter for more family friendly posts! This month we will be covering all things Fall on the blog and taking you along on our field trips. One of my favorite things about Fall is the Harvest Moon Celebration Bonfire (coming up 10/5/17). We are going to try and pull this off in a big way this year! Stay tuned for that! If you know of a great family friendly event please feel welcome to share in the comments section below. Wishing you and your whole family blessings this month and always!
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