What To Do With Kids

If you have kids, we have things to do.

Grief Camp for Kids May 31, 2011

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Covenant HomeCare Hospice is pleased to announce Variety’s Katerpillar Kids Camp 2011.

Variety’s Katerpillar Kids Camp is a special weekend day camp for children grades 1-12 who are grieving the death of a loved one. The camp is a free community service provided by Covenant HomeCare Hospice and sponsored by Variety – The Children’s Charity.

The camp provides a safe and understanding environment where similar experiences of grief can be shared. Trained camp counselors provide information and guidance as they listen with open minds, hearts, and ears to each camper. Through individual expressions, the children realize they are not alone…that there are others who can share their pain…others who are close in age, thought, and feeling.

More information is here.


Bass Pro Summer May 29, 2011

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The Bass Pro Shop always has something going on. Here is the list of Summer activities.


Books and Blooms May 27, 2011

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Come explore the UT Gardens with a story time that promises to excite the five senses while learning about the wonderful world of plants!  Each week we will go on a garden adventure that is sure to excite and engage your child!  So get ready to sing some silly songs, learn about plants in story time, color beautiful flowers in the coloring corner, and dance in the sprinklers!

Every Thursday Morning in the UT Gardens 
(just follow the signs!)
10:30 a.m.

May 19, 2011-October 27, 2011
FREE and OPEN to the Public
(Sprinklers will begin in June)

Contact Katheryne at kavery3@utk.edu for additional information.


Just for kids: Jo’s Grove, nature playscape opens Saturday

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Ijams new Nature Playscape Jo’s Grove opens Saturday!

It’s time to come out and play!

Join us Saturday, May 28 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) for the grand opening of Jo’s Grove, the new nature playscape at Ijams. The name honors Josephine Ijams, daughter of H.P. and Alice.
This area was specifically designed to support our First Child in the Woodsprogram, which emphasizes the spontaneous learning that occurs when children play outdoors. It’s a place that will spark creativity and surprise the senses.
As part of this grand opening event, we will be hosting the first-ever Fairy House and Gnome Home Competition, where participants can create their very own magical structure for their woodland friends.
This event will conclude with a fairy tea party, complete with whimsical refreshments.
Children are even invited to come dressed as fairies, gnomes, elves, goblins or any other magical woodland creature!

Prizes will be given for best costumes and for construction of the best fairy house and/or gnome home.

This event is free to the public; there is a small fee to build a fairy house or gnome home.

Free Admission For Statehood Day

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Tennessee Statehood Day is May 28. The following list is for Knoxville, but I am sure lots of local historic things are free. Call and ask.

May 19, 2011 – June 1, 2011 marks the 215th anniversary of Tennessee’s admission as the 16th state in the year 1796.

Enjoy Tennessee Statehood Day on Saturday, May 28 at Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs, Ramsey House and the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum.

Enjoy free admission, live music and tours.

Historical re-enactments, arts, crafts and more will be on hand.

Celebration includes the following participating sites:

Blount Mansion

Free Admission on Tennessee Statehood Day. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Located at 200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902.

Crescent Bend 


Free Admission on Tennessee Statehood Day. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 2728 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919.

James White Fort


Free Admission on Tennessee Statehood Day. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at 205 East Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915.

Mabry-Hazen House


Free Admission on Tennessee Statehood Day. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 1711 Dandridge Ave., Knoxville, TN, 37915.

Marble Springs


Marble Springs State Historic Site will commemorate this occasion with a weekend of Living History demonstrations. Saturday, May 28 from 10 am-5 pm walk amongst Living History interpreters in 18th Century clothing portraying life on the frontier. Militia drills and a reading of the Declaration will take place, along with demonstrations of 18th–Century life.

Also on Saturday, starting at 10am free homemade biscuits will be distributed to all visitors in honor of the International Biscuit Festival that is being held in downtown Knoxville. The Statehood Day celebration will continue into Sunday, May 29 from 12-5 pm with Living History encampments, open-hearth cooking and various interpreters. A variety of vendors featuring homemade wares will also be on hand throughout the weekend.

Ramsey House


Free admission on Tennessee Statehood Day. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37914.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum


Free admission on Tennessee Statehood Day. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at 576 Hwy. 360, Vonore, 423-884-6246.


Honor Fountain City Day May 26, 2011

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Memorial Service Honoring Veterans at 4:00 pm held at the Fountain City Lake

Our Lake, Our Heritage
Date: Monday, May 30, 2011
Time: noon-6:00 p.m.
Location: Fountain City Park, N. Broadway

View more information here.


Biscuit Festival

We were out of town last year for Biscuit Festival, but I am hoping to get up Saturday morning and head to Market Square. Here is a list of activities. They include the the  Biscuit Breakfast.

Hardee’s and friends provide the Biscuit buffet spread for you and yours to enjoy.

The Biscuit Breakfast will be held in our Biscuit Big Top Tent at the south end of Biscuit Boulevard, just north of Church Street.

Tickets are just $10.00 and will be available at the door starting at 8:00 am on Saturday, May 28th.