What To Do With Kids

If you have kids, we have things to do.

Go write a book! March 28, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth @ 4:23 pm

Allow your budding author to write a book this week. Submissions are due this Friday. Last year, one of our friends won this competition and was shown on TV reading his book.

An ETPtv Partnership with the Knox County Public Library

Join us for the 2010 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, a national competition designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning.

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the 15-year national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” This initiative encourages children in grades K-3 in East Tennessee and around the country to celebrate the power of creative writing and design by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

Original stories can be fictional or fact, prose or poetry. Stories must include an illustration such as a drawing, photo, 3-D art or collage. They will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. All submissions must meet the guidelines outlined on the rules below and be sent to ETPtv by Friday, April 2, 2010. Only one submission per student.

Entries should be sent to:

Frank Miller
East Tennessee Public Television
1611 E. Magnolia Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

One local winner will be selected in each grade level. Local winners will receive:

* A backpack from B&W Y12
* A book from Carpe Librum Booksellers
* A $10 gift certificate to Smart Toys and Books
* Two passes to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
* Two passes to the Museum of Appalachia
* A $10 pass to a Smokies Baseball game
* A pass to Ripley’s Aquarium in the Smokies
* A pass to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge
* The opportunity to read their story on-air
* And, the opportunity to compete in the national competition! The national prizes include laptops, digital cameras and MP3 players.


Ijams March 25, 2010

Filed under: Admission fee,Outdoor — Elizabeth @ 12:00 pm

I have to confess, I have never taken my daughter to Ijams. I really regret that. I’ve been, and I’ve really enjoyed it. We wanted to go to a special on bats last fall, but something else came up and we didn’t go. With all these beautiful days, check out Ijams Nature Center. It is easy to find, and right in the middle of town. They have special programs for Wee Ones, ages 2-3, and Jr. Naturalists, ages 9-14. Check out their site for more information at www.ijams.org. Family membership is $50/year, or you can pay per event. While your are there, check out the beautiful homes in the Island Homes neighborhood.


I have not checked to see if there are still openings, but next week they are having  Spring Break Camp: Going Green for Spring: Mon., March 29 – Thurs., April 1 (Kindergarten through fifth grade.) Monday and Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Extended hours available for a fee.) Learn about everything green from flowers to frogs to making your world a little “greener.” Price is $30 a day for members, $35 for non-members. Wednesday will be an overnight stay at Ijams including a midnight hike and owl prowl. Dinner and breakfast provided. Campers will be picked up Thursday at lunchtime. Overnight: $40 for members, $50 for non-members. Pre-registration is required! Contact Sarah for more information or to register: e-mail: sbrobst@ijams.org or call 577-4717 ex 24.


Play Date March 23, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth @ 2:15 pm

Don’t forget about the Cumberland County Playhouse. It is just a short drive away, and right now they are showing the play Annie. There ARE daytime shows next week during Spring Break. Duck Hunter Shoots Angel looks pretty good for adults.


May 15th – The Butterfly Fund March 22, 2010

Filed under: Fundraiser,Special Event — Elizabeth @ 9:31 pm

May 15th – 2nd Annual Butterflies and Bowties Children’s Gala for The Butterfly Fund . 6 – 10 PM at the Knoxville Zoo. Recommended for children 11 and under. Deadline for ticket purchase is April 30th. Cost per adult is $35, per child $15. Dinner and dancing with the Princesses of Team Lexi.


Jump On It

Filed under: Admission fee,Birthday Party,Indoor — Elizabeth @ 9:03 pm


Knoxville Bounce/Jump Places

Besides being a great place to have a birthday party, most of these bounce places offer open hours in the summer where you drop-in and jump for a fee. Here is the list:

The Bounce House –www.bounceusa.us

Bounce USA – www.bounceusa.us

Events At Sherlake – www.eventsatsherlake.com

Jumpity Jump – www.jumpityjumpparty.com

Pump It Up – www.pumpitupparty.com


Help, I need somebody…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth @ 8:41 pm


Any other parents out there have some extra time and talent to either write posts, or help develop a true website instead of the blogger basic template?

Let me know, otherwise it may be slow-going to get all the neat things to do up and going!


East Tennessee Discovery Center

Filed under: Admission fee,Birthday Party,Indoor — Elizabeth @ 5:11 pm
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We visited the East Tennessee Discovery Center two years ago during the TVA&I Fair. It is a nice place to spend a hot or rainy day. They offer birthday parties (link) and summer camps (link). The East Tennessee Discovery Center walk-in admission is $4 for adults, $3 Children ages 5 & up/Senior Adults, $2 Chidren ages 3 & 4, and – Children 2 years old and under are admitted free.


From East:
Take I-40W to exit 392A (Rutledge Pk) – follow signs to Zoo.
After entering Chilhowee park, bear L through lower Zoo parking
lot, then take road to R of lake.

From West:
Take I-40E to exit 390 (Cherry St). Turn R on Cherry St., go to 2nd traffic light (Magnolia Ave). Turn L on Magnolia, go to 2nd traffic light (Beaman St). Turn L on Beaman, then at crest of hill, turn R into gates of Chilhowee Park, Discovery Center is on left at bottom of parking area.open.


Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm Saturday: 10am – 5pm They are closed on major holidays and for certain events held at Chilhowee Park, so you may want to call ahead and be sure they are open.