What To Do With Kids

If you have kids, we have things to do.

ETHC Holiday Open House November 3, 2014

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Holiday Open House At The East Tennessee History Center

Saturday, December 13, 2014 – 11:00am to 3:00pm

Cookies and apple cider will warm the day at  the ETHS Holiday Open House.  Activities include live musical performances, craft demonstrations, ornament and craft making for the kids, storytelling, and frontier toys and stories.  Shoppers will enjoy browsing the great selection of traditional gifts, history books, and children’s items, as well as a selection of handmade items.  Members will receive a 15% discount on regular priced items.

Visitors are also invited to tour the current feature exhibit, as well as the permanent exhibitionVoices of the LandAll events are free and open to the public.


East Tennessee Historical Society May 30, 2014

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The East Tennessee Historical Society has free admission on Sundays. Located on Gay Street, it is a fun place to spend an afternoon.


Wonder Works May 28, 2014

If you haven’t taken the kids to Wonder Works, it is a lot of fun for older kids. There are things for younger kids to do, but if you don’t have a brave child you won’t get your money’s worth until about age 10. With that said, it is educational fun. They have lots of science exhibits, but they aren’t too boring. Everything is interactive with the kids, but because of this I can see how it would be frustrating waiting your turn on a busy day.

There are lots of things to do that are included with your admission. They have a neat ropes course , a climbing wall, extreme 360 bikes and some other rides. A few of them require tennis shoes, so plan ahead. View the live webcam here.

For an addition fee, or alone as a separate trip you can play laser tag or go to the magic show in the evenings. I think we may go back one night this summer to see the magician. You can view the schedule here. Wonder Works also has a party room for birthdays. View their party packages here, a basic package for 10 kids is $130.

Wonder Works isn’t cheap, but we didn’t do everything and we were still there three hours. It is all inside with air conditioning. That makes it a perfect field trip for a rainy day or a really hot day. They have a small AAA discount.


Ewing Gallery May 25, 2014

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The Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee is located on the first floor of the Art and Architecture Building, The University of Tennessee. It has permanent and touring collections. The gallery is responsible for the outdoor sculptures on campus. You can view a map here. These sculptures can make for a fun scavenger hunt on campus with cameras. Gallery hours are Mondays: 10-8, Tuesday-Friday: 10-5, Closed Saturday and Sunday: 1-4.

Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1715 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-2410
ph: 865.974.3200


The Muse May 21, 2014

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The East Tennessee Discovery Center at Chilhowee Park is now The Muse Knoxville. Visit their calendar here. Admission price are $5 for adults, $4 for kids and planetarium shows are $2. It is located next to the Zoo.


Oak Ridge Children’s Museum May 20, 2014



If you haven’t taken your kids to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, plan a trip this summer.

The Museum is Open Year ‘Round:

Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The Museum is closed on Mondays during the school year.

During June, July and August, the Museum is open on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed: New Years Eve, New Years Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Admission Fees:

Adults – $7.00
Seniors – $6.00
Children 3 & Up – $5.00
Children under 3 – FREE
Members – FREE


McClung Museum May 19, 2014

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The University of Tennessee has the Frank H. McClung museum hidden over in Circle Park. Admission is free, and exhibits vary. It isn’t designed for young children, but could be interesting to your older kids.

Frank H. McClung Museum
The University of Tennessee
1327 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3200
Phone: 865-974-2144
Fax: 865-974-3827
Email: museum@utk.edu
Hours: Mon – Sat: 9:00A to 5:00P, Sun: 1:00P to 5:00P Closed: January 1, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, December 24 & 25