Zoo Knoxville Senior Day: FREE Admission & Parking for Guests 65 & Over


On Tuesday, October 4, visitors age 65 and up get free parking and admission to Zoo Knoxville on Senior Day presented by Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory.  Seniors will also receive a 10% discount on concessions and on purchases in the Zoo Shop.

To receive free zoo admission and parking, visitors age 65 and over should check in at the Gentry Griffey tent located at the zoo’s front entrance the day of the event and showproof of age.



Krispy Kreme FREE Coffee & Doughnut!


Calling all Krispy Kreme fans! Mark your calendars for 9/29 to get a FREE Original Glazes Doughnut and a FREE 12 oz cup of coffee at participating Krispy Kreme stores.

There is no purchase necessary, but is valid at participating locations.

Offer valid 9/29 only.Cannot be combined with any other coupons or offers. offer valid at participating locations only. Offer not valid at CT Casino locations, Florence, SC & Puerto Rico.

Krispy Kreme: Free Dozen Doughnuts on Talk Like a Pirate Day, Sept. 19th

Participating Krispy Kreme shops in the United States and Canada will celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19.

Yer Bounty


Arr Ye On Snapchat?

For the first time this year, guests can also use a custom Krispy Kreme Snapchat pirate filter to digitally ‘dress’ like a pirate. Any guest who shows their Snapchat image at a participating shop will qualify for a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts. Show your snap to a team member inside the shop and score ye bounty. Arrrr….

Tis Be A Doughnut Party

Two Pirate Doughnuts are also available ahead of Talk Like a Pirate Day. The Pirate Doughnut is a filled doughnut decorated with a pirate face, while the Skull and Crossbones Doughnut is topped with chocolate icing and finished with white icing and a skull candy piece.

Costume Requirements

Qualifying pirate costumes must include three pirate items, such as an eye patch or bandana.

Offer excludes the following locations: CT: Casino Locations, SC: Spartanburg & Anderson, NC: Hickory & Lenoir, Puerto Rico

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies: $10 Admission During Emergency Responders Appreciation Month

ripleys-emergency-respondersSeptember is Emergency Responders Appreciation month at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and the other 7 Ripley’s attractions in Tennessee!

That means through Sept. 3oth, 2016  firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics/EMTs, rescue squad, emergency medical personnel and 911 dispatchers and their immediate family get $10 admission to any of the Teneessee Ripley’s attractions.

Must provide current proof of service.

Also, don’t forget this month teachers get free admission to Magi Quest, The Tomb and the Titanic Museum Attraction.


Museum of Appalachia Tennessee Fall Homecoming: 50% off Tickets Today from Groupon


A fun East Tennessee tradition,  Tennessee Fall Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia.  Today only, Groupon has a 50% off adult tickets deal, that means  $30 for two adult tickets to the 2016 Tennessee Fall Homecoming on Sunday, October 9th .

During this year’s Tennessee Fall Homecoming, visitors will enjoy bluegrass, folk, and Americana music from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Mountain Faith and dozens more across five outdoor stages. They’ll also browse crafts and watch demonstrations from artisans who specialize in pioneer skills, all while snacking on traditional Southern fare.

Scouring the back roads of Southern Appalachia, John Rice Irwin amassed thousands of historic artifacts before opening the Museum of Appalachia in 1969. A Smithsonian Institute affiliate since 2007, the 501-(c)3 museum now consists of more than 30 historic structures that recreate an Appalachian village, complete with farm animals and gardens flanked by split-rail fences. Along with two large exhibition halls, the museum’s pioneer buildings house an extensive collection, which ranges from Appalachian baskets and quilts to folk art and toys.

Elsewhere, rustic paths wind through pastoral sites, a Hall of Fame honors Appalachian notables, and live musicians play old-time Appalachian tunes.


Promotional value expires Oct 9, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Valid rain or shine. Valid only for adults 19 or older.

Camping Out West Part 4: Spontaneity Time


You’ve arrived safely, the groceries are bought, and you are set up at your first campsite. Now, it’s playtime. First, stop at the visitor center. A few minutes through their exhibits and talking with a ranger will help you zero in on what makes that park special and what activities are realistic for your family.

They have maps, program guides, and Junior Ranger books. Some JR books are free; some cost a few bucks each. They are great summaries from a kids’ perspective of what you should be looking for and doing in each park. And at the end, your kid earns a cool badge to keep. Our friends picked up one in Muir Woods made of reclaimed redwood. The ones in Zion and Yosemite are laser printed wood; some are plastic, but they’re good reminders of previous trips to pin on camelbacks for years to come.


As for family suitable hikes, I recommend:

Grand Canyon (north rim): The Rim Trail from the campgrounds to the lodge and back

Zion: The Narrows (full day’s hike through a river canyon—so cool!) and Lower Emerald Pool Trail (one hour)

Bryce Canyon: The Navajo Loop trail: from Wall Street to Queens Garden Trail, Sunset to Sunrise Points

Sequoia: Moro Rock, Crescent Meadow Trail to Thorp’s Log, General Sherman Tree (the largest tree in the world)

Kings Canyon: General Grant Grove, Zumwalt Meadow, horseback riding near Cedar Grove

Yosemite: Lower Yosemite Falls, Mirror Lake, rafting along the Merced, the top of Vernal Falls via Mist Trail, Half Dome for those seeking a challenge (must get a permit– competitive).

Death Valley: Drive to Badwater (the lowest point in the US and a giant salt flat) and Artist’s Drive (beautiful). The visitor center at Furnace Creek has a temperature gage outside. Our high was 133, yes 133!!!!!


The unpredictable surprises that come from just being present in a national park are what make your trip memorable: a herd of bison as you’re driving into Grand Canyon, the refreshing river rushing by your ankles as you maneuver through breath-taking canyons in Zion, a mother and her fawns traipsing by any given campsite at dusk, the falling stars you witness from the meadows in Yosemite. Getting in touch with the earth enlivens you and your kids. Use all five senses. Look out the window. Take time to play. You’re making memories worth every penny.

If you missed Part 1- The Budget you can read it here or Part 2- Planning you can read it here, and Camping Out West Part 3- Buying Food here.

Margaret is a freelance writer in Knoxville, TN. She writes and produces for HGTV and has been couponing since 2009.

Movies on Market Square Line Up for 2016! Free Family Fun in Knoxville


The Knox County Public Library has announced the 2016 Movies on Market Square line up! Friday nights from September 9, 2016 through October 14, 2016, Market Square will transform into an outdoor movie theater where folks bring their chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. So much Free fun!  Here is the line up.

We’re excited to announce our outstanding movie lineup for 2016! Please note: We strive to pick movies that are appropriate for a broad range of ages, but we recommend you read movie reviews to decide if a film is right for your family.

You can get all the Movies on Market Square information you need here.