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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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Amazon: 40% Off Tabletop Games = Spot It! Only $7.99, Bugs in the Kitchen Only $12 + More

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Today only, Amazon is offering up to 40% off Tabletop Games from brands like Disney Princess, Gamewright, Spin Master, Ravensburger and more! Get free shipping on a $35 order, a $25 Book order OR snag free 2-day shipping on ANY size order with Amazon Prime (you can sign up for Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial here).

Spot It!
Only $7.99 (regularly $12.97)

Spot It! Junior Animals
Only $7.77

World of Disney Eye Found It Board Game
Only $10.99 (regularly $19.99)

Ravensburger Bugs in the Kitchen
Only $11.89 (regularly $29.99)

Pictopia-Family Trivia Game: Disney Edition
Only $10.99 (regularly $22.99)

 

There are lots of other great board and table top game deals so look around!

Regal Summer Movie Express 2017 Schedule: $1 Family Movies All Summer

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Regal  Cinemas will once again host their Summer Movie Express! Family friendly movies are just  $1 each throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

In our area, Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX, Regal Knoxville Center Stadium 10 and Regal West Town Mall Stadium 9 are participating in this promotion.  Movies will start June 6, 2016. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days.

Week 1

Tue June 6 and Wed June 7

Kung Fu Panda 3
Ice Age: Collision Course
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 2

Tue June 13 & Wed June 14

Trolls
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 3

Tue June 20 & Wed June 21

Monster Trucks
Penguins of Madagascar
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 4

Tue June 27 & Wed June 28

Rio 2
The Boxtrolls
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 5

Tue July 4 & Wed July 5

The Secret Life of Pets
Sing

***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 6

Tue July 11 & Wed July 12

Kubo and the Two Strings
Ratchet and Clank
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 7

Tue July 18 & Wed  July 19

The Spongebob Square Pants Movie: Sponge Out of Water
The Adventures of Tin Tin
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 8

Tue July 255 & Wed July 26

Happy Feet 2
Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 9

Tue August 1 & Wed August 2

Storks
The Lego Batman Movie
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

National Parks Lifetime Pass Just $10 for Senior Citizens

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Photo by: M. Slattery

Right now, senior citizens can get a lifetime National Parks pass for just $10.   Get yours  soon because the price is supposed to go up to $80 sometime this year.

A $10 lifetime pass that provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies, including all of the National Parks, for life. Up to 100% of the proceeds being used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services.

Note: you’ll need to pay an additional $10 processing fee. You’ll need to have proof of U.S. citizenship, or permanent residency, and must be age 62 or older.

The date for when the price will change has not been released.

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa Flash Sale: Book Your Trip Now!

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Have you been wanting to try out the Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort?  They are having a Flash sale on rooms and packages right now!   Check this out:

Spring Blooms in the Smoky Mountains! Book your room in the next 72-Hours and Save up to 27% at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. Don’t wait, the sale ends on Thursday, April 20!

Booking Dates: Now – April 20, 2017
Travel Dates: April 24 – May 21, 2017

Offer Options

Save 27% on our Dollywood Flash Sale Package, which includes your room + TWO Dollywood Theme Park Tickets. (Package based on double occupancy)  Just use the  promotions code TKTS72 at checkout.

Or, you can Save 25% on the room of you choice when you use promotion code SPRING72 at checkout.

Kids Bowl Free All Summer- Registration Now Open!

We were at a bowling birthday party last night (So much fun!) and it reminded me that Kids Bowl Free registration is open and that our lanes actually start their program on April 1! Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations. Age limit varies by location, it is 15 at our location.

If you’re interested, then follow these simple instructions to sign up:

Register your children online
Select a participating bowling alley (there are 3 in the Knoxville area!)

At the beginning of each week, you’ll receive tickets that your children can use to bowl, for free!  Note that you will  have to pay for shoe rental, or you could find a cheap pair on ebay!

This is a frugal way to have a lot of fun on rainy or really hot days this summer.