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Free Summer Reading Programs 2017

 

Summer is here and that means plenty of free time for my kiddos.  I love anything that will encourage them to keep reading this summer.  To that end, here are a few of the Summer Reading programs available this year.  There may be others, locally or nationally, that are out there and I would love to hear about them in the comments section!  I hope one of these will provide some motivation and fun for your family this summer.

Tennessee Smokies Summer Reading Program

If you live in East Tennessee this is a program that you will want to check out. The Tennessee Smokies Summer Reading Program is for Smokies fans 12-and-under.

There are five levels of participation that are to be completed by each child participating. To complete a level all your child has to do is read 10 books, 10 chapters, or have 10 books read to him/her (if your child is not reading yet). Once your child has completed his/her first level, bring the Level 1 reading program form to the ticket office at Smokies Park, and exchange it for prizes and free tickets to a Smokies game. We did this last summer and it was great!  There are several levels you can reach, get all the details here.

And don’t forget they also offer the Straight A program-

Straight A Program

If your child has earned the equivalent of an “A” average or attained perfect attendance for the year, they will get to go to a Smokies game for FREE! Bring their report card and/or perfect attendance certificate to the Smokies Ticket Office and you can receive a free Bleacher Level ticket. The program is valid for students in K-12 and can only be redeemed once per child.

 

Knox County Library Summer Reading Club

Summer Library Club is a fun way to help children maintain and improve reading skills through the summer break, but it’s not just for kids! Read together as a family and receive an awesome rewards package or prize. Prizes and requirements vary by age group.

Passport program - colorful roadways overlayed with a passport stampNew in 2017 for Readers and Teens: Join the Passport Program to enrich your Summer Library Club experience. Visit the 19th century, travel to ancient Egypt, conduct a scientific experiment or ride a camel. You can experience up to 5 adventures in lieu of 5 hours of reading. Visit 10 locations and enter to win a drawing at Visit Knoxville (link is external) for a grand prize basket of goodies. Passport logs available May 20.

 

 

Barnes & Noble- Earn a Free Book

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program allows you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017. Find a Store
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

 

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children that runs through September 8th, 2017. After registering, kiddos are to read as many minutes as they can, log their minutes and earn rewards.

 

SYNC

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SYNC is a program that gives away two FREE audiobook downloads every week each Summer for readers ages 13+. (each week features a current Young Adult title paired with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title). Titles are delivered through the OverDrive app which can be downloaded for free. For more information, head here.

Reading with Chuck E.

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You can download and print these Chuck E. Cheese bookmarks for all the books your kiddos are reading this summer!  They are good for 5 FREE tokens if you are dining at Chuck E. Cheese’s this summer. (one per child)  You can check you local store to see what other summer reading promo they are doing.

 

Book Adventure

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Kids from grades K-8 can head to BookAdventure.com where they can search for books, read them offline, come back to take a quiz and win prizes! Parents and teachers will even have the opportunity to track their child’s/students work (just click on the “Teacher’s Lounge” OR “Parents Place”). Go here to get started searching for a book and check out this video for more information.

Knox County Public Library’s Children’s Festival of Reading 2017

Knox County Public Library’s Children’s Festival of Reading is happening Saturday May 20, 2017, from 10am-3pm at World’s Fair Park.  This is one of our favorite events of the year!  It is a Free Event for the whole family, tons of fun and a great way to kick of summer reading.

Get ready for our 2017 lineup of world-class authors, illustrators, storytellers, and musicians! At this year’s festival, you’ll be sure to find lots of great:

Music & Storytelling
Food & Games
Community Groups
Arts & Crafts
Science experiments
and more!

This year’s lineup includes artists Adam Rex, Gwendolyn Hooks, Lita Judge, Sarah Weeks, Richard Sobol, and Mary Reaves Uhles. Plus, meet (in costume) Pete the Cat, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, Berenstain Bears Brother & Sister Bear, Corduroy, Where’s Waldo?, and Bob the Builder!

You can find more info and a schedule for the day here.

Zoo Knoxville: Free Admission for Mom This Sunday, May 14

Zoo Knoxville celebrates Mother’s Day with free admission for all moms on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Guests can celebrate with gorillas Hope, Machi and Kowali, the zoo’s best-known moms, and their precocious offspring Obi, Ubuntu and Andi. Visitors can also explore the all new Tiger Forest and take a break to cool off with some water play at the Clayton Safari Splash, which is now open for the season.

Free admission for mothers is valid on Sunday, May 14, 2017, and cannot be combined with any other discount or offer.

Zoo Knoxville: Free Admission for Mom!

Zoo Knoxville celebrates Mother’s Day with free admission for all moms on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Guests can celebrate with gorillas Hope, Machi and Kowali, the zoo’s best-known moms, and their precocious offspring Obi, Ubuntu and Andi. Visitors can also explore the all new Tiger Forest and take a break to cool off with some water play at the Clayton Safari Splash, which is now open for the season.

Free admission for mothers is valid on Sunday, May 14, 2017, and cannot be combined with any other discount or offer.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies & Other Ripley’s Attractions Just $5 Thru May 4

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Just wanted to remind you Ripley’s $5 Admission Days are back for locals!

If you live or work in Anderson, Blount,  Cocke, Hamblen, Jefferson  Knox or Sevier counties, you can visit all Ripley’s attractions for $5 per person (per location)!! This is happening April 28-May 4 ,2017. It is a great chance to have some family fun on a budget!  $1 from each admission will be donated to Sevier County Food Ministries.

This $5 promo includes:

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze

Ripley’s Old McDonald Mini-Golf

Guinness World Records Attractions

Ripley’s Belive It or Not

Each person in the party must live or work in a qualifying county to get discount. You will need a photo ID and a pay stub (if you don’t live in one of the counties).  You can call 888-240-1358 with other questions.

Synchronous Fireflies in Great Smoky Mountains 2017- Applications Open Now!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials  have announced  the dates for the annual synchronous firefly viewing in Elkmont!!

The eight-day viewing period runs from Tuesday, May 30 through Tuesday, June 6. There will be a lottery system used again for viewing passes.

The lottery will be open for applications from today , Friday, April 28 at 12:00 noon until Monday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. Results of the lottery will be available on Wednesday, May 10. A total of 1,800 vehicle passes will be available for the event which includes: 1768 regular-parking passes (225 per day) which admit one passenger vehicle up to 19’ in length with a maximum of six occupants, and 32 large-vehicle parking passes (four per day) which admit one large vehicle (RV, mini-bus, etc.) from 19’ to 30’ in length, with a maximum of 24 occupants. Lottery applicants must apply for either a regular-parking pass or large-vehicle parking pass and then may choose two possible dates to attend the event over the eight-day viewing period.

The lottery system uses a randomized computer drawing to select applications. There is no fee to enter the lottery this year. If selected, the lottery winner will be charged a $2.75 reservation fee and awarded a parking pass. The parking pass permits visitors to park at Sugarlands Visitor Center and allows occupants to access the shuttle service to Elkmont.

Parking passes are non-refundable, non-transferable, and good only for the date issued. There is a limit of one lottery application per household per season. All lottery applicants will be notified by e-mail on May 10 that they were “successful” and awarded a parking pass or “unsuccessful” and not able to secure a parking pass.

The number of passes issued each day is based primarily on the Sugarlands Visitor Center parking lot capacity and the ability to accommodate a large number of viewers on site. Arrival times will be assigned in order to relieve traffic congestion in the parking lot and also for boarding the shuttles, which are provided in partnership with the City of Gatlinburg. The shuttle buses will begin picking up visitors from the Sugarlands Visitor Center RV/bus parking area at 7:00 p.m. The cost will be $1.00 round trip per person, as in previous years, and collected when boarding the shuttle. Cash will be the only form of payment accepted.

The shuttle service is the only transportation mode for visitor access during this period, except for registered campers staying at the Elkmont Campground. Visitors are not allowed to walk the Elkmont entrance road due to safety concerns.

Visitors may visit the website www.recreation.gov and search for “Firefly Event” for more information and to enter the lottery. Parking passes may also be obtained by calling 1-877-444-6777, but park officials encourage the use of the online process. The $2.75 reservation fee covers the cost of awarding the passes.

For more information about the synchronous fireflies, please visit the park website at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/fireflies.htm.

 

The National Park Service said 20,010 people entered the firefly lottery last year.

Visitors are asked to visit Recreation.gov or call 1(877)444-6777 to enter the lottery.

Ripley’s Tennessee Attractions $5 Admission Is Back!

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Y’all Ripley’s $5 Admission Days are back for locals!

If you live or work in Anderson, Blount,  Cocke, Hamblen, Jefferson  Knox or Sevier counties, you can visit all Ripley’s attractions for $5 per person (per location)!! This is happening April 28-May 4 ,2017. It is a great chance to have some family fun on a budget!  $1 from each admission will be donated to Sevier County Food Ministries.

This $5 promo includes:

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze

Ripley’s Old McDonald Mini-Golf

Guinness World Records Attractions

Ripley’s Belive It or Not

Each person in the party must live or work in a qualifying county to get discount. You will need a photo ID and a pay stub (if you don’t live in one of the counties).  You can call 888-240-1358 with other questions.

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