It’s just a hair past Valentine’s Day. You know what that means: time to start thinking about what to do with your kids for spring and summer break! You may think it’s way too early, but some of the most popular summer activities can fill up pretty quickly. Lots of families like to enjoy spring and summer breaks out of town, on a family vacation, but if you’re planning to stick close to home and you need a way to keep your school-aged kids occupied, here are a few ideas. (Note: East Tennessee is actually packed with great family activities, so this isn’t even close to a complete list!)
If you’re in Morristown:
The library is always a great activity staple: it’s educational, relaxed and fun for the kids. Wednesday morning story time for the little ones starts at 10:30. Remember the summer reading program from when you were a kid? Relive the magic with your kids, now! They can win cool prizes for completing reading challenges. See the website for more details.
Boys and Girls Club
Morristown is lucky to have a thriving Boys and Girls Club to serve its youth. Offering after-school activities and school holiday hours, this is a place where kids can go to interact with peers, get help with schoolwork, learn skills in physical education, arts and more! It’s a community-minded facility, and many kids who start out at the Boys and Girls Club grow up to volunteer here. See the website for more details.
Rose Center Summer Academy of the Arts and Rose Center Summer Players are two time-honored traditions for this historic school building. Visit the website to learn more.
If you’re near Knoxville (or willing to drive about an hour to get there):
The Muse is a fun hands-on kids’ museum in Knoxville. Worth the day trip, there are themed activities and even a planetarium on site. It’s only $7 per person for admission, and $2 for a planetarium show. Check out their schedule for more information.
The zoo offers spring and fall break camps for kids aged 6-10. The price for members is $155, and for non-members is $175. Kids have a learning theme to go with their week. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9-3. You’ll need to pack their sack lunches, but drinks are provided. See the zoo’s camp page for more details.
Summer week camps are the same prices, but the age range is wider: ages 4 all the way to 13, grouped appropriately. These are also learning themed, with many topics and dates to choose from. As in the spring/fall break camps, kids bring their own lunches and drinks are provided.
Here’s a bigger list of free and inexpensive Knoxville activities to give you more ideas.
To see great Morristown family events at a glance, see the calendar at this site. 2017 has a great lineup of free music, sports activities and holiday events coming up.
Of course, don’t forget our area’s great public spaces! City parks, state parks and national parks are all close by for a healthy way to connect with our lovely Tennessee environment.
Many local churches also plan great spring break and summer activities for kids, so look into those, too!
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