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Kids Get $5.29 Admission To Zoo Knoxville Sunday, May 29

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Just in time for the beginning of summer break and Memorial Day weekend, TNStars and Zoo Knoxville are offering kids, ages 4-12, $5.29 admission to the zoo on Sunday, May 29, 2016, to celebrate College Savings Day and raise awareness of the importance of saving early for education.

Representatives from the TNStars program will be at the zoo from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to answer questions and provide more information.

 

2016 FREE Summer Reading Programs : Earn Great Rewards!

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Summer is here!  Time to get signed up for some of these awesome reading programs that will encourage you kiddos to keep reading and earn some fun prizes!

Tennessee Smokies Summer Reading Program

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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! Here are the rest of the details:

LEVEL 1 – The Single: Two Smokies Tickets, Shoney’s Bookmark
LEVEL 2 – The Double: Two Smokies Tickets, a Shoney’s Pencil
LEVEL 3 – The Triple: Two Smokies Tickets, a Shoney’s & Homer’s Color Me Pennant
LEVEL 4 – The Home Run: Two Smokies Tickets, a Knoxville Zoo ticket & a Free Shoney’s Dessert
LEVEL 5 – The Grand Slam: Two Tickets to August 8th Reading Club Celebration Night at the Ballpark, 2 Meal Vouchers good for a Hot Dog, Bag of Chips & a Drink, a Smokies Card Set & a Shoney’s Healthy Kids Meal! Level 4 form should be turned in by August 1st to be eligible for the August 8th Celebration & Prize night.

 

Knox County Library Summer Reading Club

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Knox County Library’s Summer Library Club is a fun way to help children maintain and improve reading skills through the summer break. The program rewards kids of all ages for reading (or being read to) during the summer. Once kids reach their reading goal, they receive an awesome rewards package! Registration opens Saturday, May 21st.  You can register kids, teens and adults online or at the always super fun and FREE Children’s Festival of Reading  that is happening Saturday, May 21, 2016 at World’s Fair Park from 10 am – 3 pm.

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Prizes include a stretchy, flying superhero and a rewards book. The children’s rewards book is filled with vouchers for more than $200 worth of treats and adventures. Check out a complete listing of the rewards.

Keep track of your summer reading with the library’s printable Reader’s and Listener’s Logs.

Listening Log 2016 (for those not yet reading)
Reading Log 2016

There is no required book list for Summer Library Club, but if you’d like some suggestions to get started, download the Summer Reading Book List, with lots of super titles for kids ages 3-12.

Barnes & Noble Reading Triathlon

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Starting May 17th and through September 6th, Barnes & Noble will be hosting a Summer Reading Triathlon where the kiddos can earn a completely FREE book in 3 easy steps!

Step 1. Fill out the Summer Reading Triathlon Reading Journal (PDF). En Español (PDF).
Step 2. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. Find a Store.
Step 3. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store… Enjoy reading!

Vote for your favorite hero and place: Download the Ballot (PDF).

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

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The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children that runs through September 9th, 2016. 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.

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.

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.

 

Amazon: Intex 12ft X 30in Metal Frame Pool Set $95.98 Shipped – Regularly $180

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Today only, Amazon is offering up this highly rated Intex 12ft X 30in Metal Frame Pool Set for just $95.98 shipped (regularly $180). This pool holds 1,718 gallons of water and includes a cartridge filter pump to keep your water clean.

If you have been considering a pool this one has over 350 reviews that give this pool a 4.3 out of 5 star rating.

Free & Frugal Summer Fun with 10 News This Morning on Foxville 43

Summer is almost here so today we are talking frugal summer fun on  10 News This Morning on Foxville 43.  You can stay up to date on all the latest deals by following Coupon Katie on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by signing up for daily emails!  You may also want to check out my Coupon Calendar!

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Children’s Festival of Reading

Kick off a summer of reading with a full day of music, storytelling, arts, crafts, science exploration, food, and fun! The Knox County Library Children’s Festival of  Reading is happening Saturday, May 21, 2016 at World’s Fair Park from 10 am – 3 pm. Admission and parking are FREE!

Meet the authors of Ladybug Girl, Paperboy, Dragonbreath, and many others!

 

Summer Movie Express 1 Dollar Movies

Regal Summer Movie Express- $1 Movies

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 7, 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.
Here is the schedule:

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***Carmike offers their program at Wynnsong 16. Carmike 7, and Carmike 10 from June to August on Thursday at 10am. Admission is $4 and includes a small popcorn and small drink. They have not yet released informoation for 2016.

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Free Fishing Day 2016

June 11th is Free Fishing Day!   TWRA allows all residents and non-residents to fish without a license on public waters.

Children that are 15 years of age or younger may fish without a license for the entire week starting on Free Fishing Day and continuing through the following Friday. Children younger than 13 may fish without a license at any time of the year. The TWRA sponsors many Kids Free Fishing Day events and stocks thousand of pounds of catfish to help make the events quality experiences for young anglers.

The Cove at Concord Park Free Fishing Day is happening June 11th from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. There will be prizes and snacks!

Alcoa, Lenoir City, Maryville, Anderson County, Gatlinburg and several other East Tennessee communities are holding free Kid’s Fishing Day events on June 11th!

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Kids Bowl Free

How about some  free bowling for the kiddos?

It is easy, sign up at KidsBowlFree.com to get a voucher for two free games of bowling for each of your children every single day all summer long. Check to see what nearby bowling alleys are participating here.

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.
Head to your local bowling alley & enjoy!
*You will  have to pay for shoe rental, or you could find a cheap pair on ebay!

THE HUSBAND AND I TRYING A CHALLENGE AT CAMP ZION

THE HUSBAND AND I TRYING A CHALLENGE AT CAMP ZION

Camp Zion

Camp Zion Day camp is for ages 5 and up and is held from 10:30-3:30. Lunch is provided (they accommodate allergies). The cost is $15 per child and $10 for additional siblings. You can email kristie@feedingtheorphans.org to register.

Camp Zion focuses on youth experience, adventure-based outdoor activities designed to instill leadership, team-building skills, and self confidence while learning essential biblical truths. Camp Zion is located at 505 Cave Creek Road, Loudon, TN 37774

THE HUSBAND and I have taken the boys there for a family day and it was SO fun. They boys are already scheduled to go back once school is out.

Knoxville Splash Pads

Carl Cowan Park
10058 Northshore Drive
Hours from 10am-8pm

Market Square Park
Market Square in Knoxville
Open Monday-Sunday 10am-9pm

Powell Station Park
2318 Emory Road Lot-A
Hours from 10am-8pm

New Harvest Park
4775 New Harvest Lane
Hours from 10am-8pm

McFee Park
917 McFee Rd. in Farragut
Hours from 10am-8pm

Volunteer Landing Park
Volunteer Landing Lane
Open Monday-Sunday 10am-9pm

World’s Fair Park
1060 Worlds Fair Park Drive
Open Monday-Saturday 10:30am-9:30pm; Sunday 12:30pm-9:30pm

**And this week get Coppertone Sunscreen for just $2.49 at Target!

FandangoNOW: Star Wars The Force Awakens Digital HD Movie Rental Only $4

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Today only, head to FandangNOW where you can rent Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Digital HD for only $4. If you’d rather, you can choose the SD option for just $4 through May 9th. FandangoNOW is a new movie service where you can stream or download 30,000+ movies and TV shows on just about any device.

Synchronous Fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains 2016: Lottery for Parking Passes Opens Today at Noon

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Just wanted to remind everyone the lottery for passes to see the synchronous fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains opens today at noon!  Here is how it will work.

Lottery for Parking Passes

Beginning with the 2016 season, parking passes will be distributed via a lottery. This provides an equitable opportunity for interested visitors to obtain a pass for this limited, yet high-demand event. The lottery will be open from 12 p.m. ET on FRIDAY, APRIL 29 until 8 p.m. ET on MONDAY, MAY 2.

  • Entering the lottery is free of charge

  • Lottery winners will be charged $1.50 and awarded a parking pass

  • There are no refunds, transfers, rain checks or changes to the parking pass

  • Lottery results will be announced on May 10

  • Lottery winners must occupy the vehicle and must present photo identification, which matches the name of the lottery winner, before the vehicle is admitted to the parking area

  • Only one application per household

When applying to the lottery, please ensure that the contact information on your account is correct. Your email address will be used for lottery and parking pass communications. You can create an account or update your profile here.

 

Synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) are one of at least 19 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and one of only a few species in the world known to synchronize their flash patterns. This insects’ reproductive display occurs for a couple of weeks every year throughout its range (southern Appalachians), and is typically in late May or early June in the Elkmont area of the park.

Titanic Museum Attraction Pigeon Forge- A Story You Should Go Hear

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On my recent trip to the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge I met owners John Joslyn and Mary Kellogg Joslyn and here is one thing you should know about them; they are superb storytellers. That is at the heart of the Titanic Museum Attraction, telling the story of the 2,208 passengers and crew of the Titanic in a way that honors their lives.  The crew, the exhibits and the artifacts all come together and tell a historically accurate but engaging and moving story.  You will learn how the ship was built, how the passengers lived aboard the ships and about the night it struck the iceberg. Each guest entering the ship receives a boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger or crew. You will discover your passenger or crew’s fate in the Titanic Memorial Room where 2,208 names line this historic wall.

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As you take the self guided tour with the audio players you will also hear stories told by crew members dressed in period costumes.  (There is an adult version and a youth version of the audio tour.  The adult version gives more facts and plays interviews with actual Titanic survivors.  The youth version tells more of a story and has listeners look around rooms for certain objects.)

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You can view over 400 artifacts while walking through various parts of the ship.

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First Class State Room

Then touch an iceberg and plunge your hand into icy 28 degree water was you walk through the chilly night air.

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If you are touring with kids be sure to print out the scavenger hunt for you kiddos and bring it along. You will find interactive questions like this all around the ship.

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There is also an area where kids (or adults) can try to climb the deck of the Titanic as she tips.  You can try to correctly load a lifeboat, attempt to steer the ship in time to miss the iceberg and learn Morse code. http://www.bransontourismcenter.com/wp-content-articles/uploads/2014/07/Titanic-Interactive_gallery-Deck-Incline-NOP.jpg

It will take you about two hours to make it through the ship and it is well worth your time.  The entire experience is well done and it is one of those rare places that the whole family can enjoy. Grandparents to kids, there is something everyone will learn and remember.

If you are planning a trip June 5 through August 14, 2016 you will get to hear the touching story of Titanic musician Wallace Hartley and see his violin that recently sold for 1.7 million dollars.

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**In the interest of full disclosure- I was invited on a blogger/social media weekend where we toured Dollywood and several other local attractions, The Titanic Museum Attraction being one of them. While I was given free admission and a tour this weekend, this is not an ad and all opinions are totally mine.