FREE outdoor splash pad in Knoxville.
This fun and FREE event, at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, is for parents and children ages infant to 4. Children will have the opportunity to examine masks from the museum and make a mask of their very own to take home.
4-H offers summer camps for kids in grades 4 – 12. Activities and educational topics include kayaking, swimming, wildlife, archery, fishing, hiking, ecology, photography, crafts, canoeing, talent shows, drama, soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball, low ropes, cookouts, and more!
- Average breakfast prices $7
- Average lunch/dinner price $13/adults, $5/kids
Although this fabulous German restaurant is newer, it is quickly becoming an area favorite. The menu features a mix of authentic German dishes, American fare and what I like to call “Germerican” food, like pretzels with beer cheese. Although the kids menu is small, kids are able to make healthier choices by skipping the fries and opting for fruit or apple sauce instead. They also have a wide variety of German beer on tap.
The University of Tennessee has summer sports camps available for both boys and girls. Offerings include baseball, basketball, golf, football, soccer, softball, swimming, diving, volley ball, tennis, and rowing. All camps are held at separate locations and varying times.
Nestled among the peaks of The Great Smoky Mountains, this fabulous pumpkin farm has a lot to offer including hayrides, live music, pumpkin picking, a farmer’s market, a corn maze, camping, fishing, a playground, and a fabulous mountain view!
Each October, Darnell Farms throws an amazing fall Harvest Festival complete fresh apple cider, crafts, music, pumpkins, hayrides, and more!
Located just outside of Nashville, this camp is a little further away than some of the others; however, this camp does offer a variety of options that make it worth the extra drive. In additional to traditional overnight camps (swimming, hiking, crafts, etc.), this camp also offers a variety of themed overnight camps including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Minecraft and many more!
FREE 5 day event features guided hikes, field trips, hands-on workshops, children’s activities and more!
This wonderful aviary and botanical garden features hundreds and hundreds of exotic birds, many of which you can feed, touch, and interact with. Bird species include a variety of parrots, toucans, magpies, horn bills and much more! As you walk the the scenic pathways throughout the grounds, you can also enjoy the tens of thousands of gorgeous plants and flowers on site.
Proceeds from this event go towards supporting the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, especially the programs for school children.
This festival offers plenty of food, music and free entry to the public. You can taste the competition food, with the purchase of a $10 “tasting spoon.”
This awesome new festival will celebrate the rich logging history of Townsend. The festival’s main event will be the 2017 Southeastern College and University Lumberjack Competition! Yes, a real lumberjack competition! There will also be live music, walking tours, historical discussions, food vendors, woodworking demonstrations and more!
This museum features a variety of hands-on exhibits that detail the history of The Great Smoky Mountains, dating back to early Cherokee settlers. There are also a variety of historical buildings on site, educational programs, and concerts throughout the year.
This park features an awesome swimming lake with jump dock. Just as other premium parks, this location also features separate sections for small and large dogs. This park is located inside Tommy Schumpert Park, which has ball fields and facilities for humans.
This secular Smoky Mountain overnight camp offers both educational and recreational activities, with an emphasis on free-thinking. The educational activities focus on critical thinking and scientific inquiry. Recreational options include swimming, hiking, campfires, arts and crafts, shows, group games, movie nights, and more. This camp is for kids ages 8-17.
At this live-action gaming facility, your family can choose from different themed rooms that you will have 1 hour to to escape from, after being locked inside. Room themes are changed periodically to keep the game fun. Team building experience are available.
This small orchard sells apples and a variety of apple products, including cider, at its farm store.
This members only tennis club offers a variety of options for both kids and adults. Memberships include 6 month, year long and summer options.
Knoxville Racquet Club also offers week long Tennis and Adventure camps in the summer. The camps offer tenis instruction and are geared towards kids ages 6 – 12
Rowell’s sells a variety of apples and apple products in its farm store. According to their website, they grow all their own apples on-site.
- August – Fuji, Gala, Ginger Gold, and Jonathan
- September – Early Stayman, Winesap, Honey Crisp, Macintosh, Shizuka, Red Delicious, Cortland, Golden Delicious, Stark Ultragold, Jonagold, and Rome Beauty,
- October – Mutsu, Cameo, Truly Winesap, Arkansas Black, Red Staymen, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, and Gold Rush
This camp is specifically designed for kids with speech, language, and/or hearing disorders. The camp includes 2 half days on the UT campus and a 3 day camping trip in the Smoky Mountains. To best serve your kids, Volunteer Your Voice combines individualized treatment with traditional summer camp activities. The camp welcomes kids ages 8 – 15.
These educational summer day camp opportunities, hosted by the University of Tennessee Knoxville, are for kids in grade 3-12. Topics include animals, computers, careers, discovery, sports, leadership, nature, photography, science, cooking, and more!
This lovely botanical garden is nestled in the mountains, down a quaint back road. Of course, this garden is famous for it’s lilies. Visitors are welcome when the barn is not holding events, which it does most every weekend (weddings, parties, etc.). This is a great place to take a nature walk and paint or photograph the flowers.
Average lunch/dinner price $11/sandwiches, $25/ whole pizza (a worth-it splurge!)
A fun southern chain with a trippy atmosphere, Mellow Mushroom serves up delicious gourmet pizzas like the Kosmic Karma, and Holy Shiitake Pie. They also serve a variety of more traditional pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. They are well known for their spring water dough and offering a HUGE variety of specialty beer.
This amazing cider press creates both traditional cider and adult ciders. The press is located at Foxfire Mountain, which boasts a wide variety of outdoor adventures including zip lining, hiking, and more!
Cider Making Demonstrations: The facility currently offers adult cider tours to showcase how the ciders are made (must be 21 and up to take the tour). They plan to add family-friendly cider making demonstrations, for traditional non-alcoholic cider, in the future. Check back soon!
Run by Knoxville Parks & Recs, this art center/studio offers pre-k classes, youth, and adult classes in a variety of media. Birthday parties and summer camp options are also available.