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Amazon.com or Target.com: Liberty’s Kids – The Complete Series on DVD Only $5

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I have several friends who rave about the Liberty’s Kids DVD series. If you’ve been wanting to check them out this deal is for you!

Right now Amazon.com has the  4-disc boxed set of the highly rated Liberty’s Kids – The Complete Series on DVD for only $5 (regularly $12.98!).  Shipping will be free with Amazon Prime.

You can also grab the Liberty Kids DVD series for $5 from Target.com!   If you use your Target RedCard you will get Free shipping.

Travel back in time with Benjamin Franklin’s teenage reporters as they confront the dangers of the American Revolution! Can their friendship survive when they find themselves on opposing sides of the battle? Your kids will enjoy 40 animated episodes featuring the voices of Walter Cronkite, Annette Bening, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, and many others. Four DVDs, approx. 14.5 hours total.

Free Summer Math Program ($39.95 value)

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You can sign up for the Summer Math Program from TenMarks for FREE right now (regularly $39.95).

This program is designed to strengthen your child’s math skills in just 20 minutes a day, 3 times a week. It’s personalized for every student (Grades 1 – High School) and based on diagnostic assessment.

Sign up for this program for FREE right now.

FREE Hooked on Phonics Classroom Edition App for iTunes (Regularly $49.99)- Available Again Today Only

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If you missed it yesterday the Classroom Edition of Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read is FREE (Regular price is $49.99) again today!!  This is what Hooked on Phonics posted on their Facebook Wall:

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**Before you download the app, please confirm that the final cost shows $0.

Synchronous Fireflies in Great Smoky Mountains: Reservations Open Today at 10am!

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The firefly shuttles between Sugarlands Visitor Center and Elkmont will be running June 4-11, 2014. The reservation system at http://www.recreation.gov/tourParkDetail.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=72413 will open at 10:00 AM (Eastern Time) on April 30th.

 

Synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) are one of at least 19 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are the only species in America whose individuals can synchronize their flashing light patterns.

Fireflies (also called lightning bugs) are beetles. They take from one to two years to mature from larvae, but will live as adults for only about 21 days. While in the larval stage, the insects feed on snails and smaller insects. Once they transform into their adult form, they do not eat.

Their light patterns are part of their mating display. Each species of firefly has a characteristic flash pattern that helps its male and female individuals recognize each other. Most species produce a greenish-yellow light; one species has a bluish light. The males fly and flash and the usually stationary females respond with a flash. Peak flashing for synchronous fireflies in the park is normally within a two-week period in late May to mid-June.
The firefly shuttle program operating dates for 2014 will be June 4 – June 11, 2014. Parking Pass sales will begin at 10:00am on April 30, 2014.The demand for passes typically exceeds the supply – please be aware tickets sell out quickly.

  • During the program operating dates, a parking pass is required for evening access to the Sugarlands parking lot and the firefly shuttle to the Elkmont viewing area. There is a limit of one parking pass per household per season.
  • Visitors must present identification upon entering the parking lot. The identification must match the name on the reservation and must be presented by a person in that vehicle. Please bring exact change for the trolley fee ($1/person.)
  • There are no refunds and no rain checks. The shuttle trolley ride will be cancelled if weather presents a threat to public safety. Environmental conditions may affect the intensity of the firefly ”show”. Both conditions are beyond the control of the National Park Service.

Light Show Etiquette
Flashlights disrupt the fireflies and impair people’s night vision. The light show is best when you:

• Cover your flashlight with red or blue cellophane.
• Use your flashlight only when walking to your viewing spot.
• Point your flashlight at the ground.
• Turn off your flashlight when you find your viewing spot.

You can also help protect the fireflies and their habitat:

• Do not catch the fireflies.
• Stay on the trail at all times.
• Pack out all of your garbage.

Historic Homes of Knoxville Celebrate Statehood Day with Free Admission on May 24, May 31, and June 1

Historic Homes of Knoxville Celebrate Statehood Day with Free Admission on May 24, May 31, and June 1

 June 1, 2014 marks the 218th anniversary of Tennessee’s admission as the 16th state in the union. East Tennessee’s most important cultural heritage sites are partnering to celebrate Statehood Day on Saturdays, May 24 and May 31 as well as Sunday, June 1. The sites include places of historical significance in the exciting journey from the creation of our country to the founding of our state. The Historic Homes of Knoxville include: Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs, Ramsey House, and Westwood. Each site will have individual ways of celebrating the birth of Tennessee; these are free museum days to the public.

Crescent Bend House & Gardens (Saturday, May 24, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

One of the Southeast’s finest house museums and gardens. Built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong, Crescent Bend was once a 900-acre working farm and so named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River just west of downtown Knoxville.

2728 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-637-3163,

Ramsey House (Saturday, May 24, 12:00-2:00 PM)

Built in 1797 by Knoxville’s first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey, one of Knoxville’s first settlers.
2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

Marble Springs (Saturday, May 24, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, May 25, 12:00-5:00 PM)

Home of John Sevier (1745-1815), Tennessee’s first governor and Revolutionary War hero. Marble Springs State Historic Site will commemorate this occasion with a weekend of Living History. Walk amongst Living History interpreters in 18th Century clothing portraying life on the frontier, encampments, and more. Children’s activities include falling into a militia drill and playing with period toys. Blacksmithing, weaving, and open hearth cooking will be demonstrated all weekend. Food will be available for purchase. Donations are appreciated.

1220 West Gov. John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-573-5508,

Westwood (Saturday, May 24, 1:00-4:00 PM)

Built as a “wedding promise” in 1890 by John Edwin Lutz and his wife, Ann Adelia Armstrong Lutz, on property owned by her grandfather, Drury P. Armstrong. The highlight and most significant component of Westwood is the studio which was designed by Ann Adelia Armstrong Lutz, an accomplished artist. Today Historic Westwood is home to Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance. Parking available at Laurel Church of Christ.

425 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-523-8008

Blount Mansion (Saturday, May 31, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM)

Construction on Blount Mansion began in 1792. The restored mansion was open for tours in 1930, making it the oldest museum in Knox County. Commemorate the creation of the state of Tennessee and celebrate the pioneers who settled and transformed the southwest territory into the vibrant state of Tennessee.

200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-2375

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James White’s Fort (Saturday, May 31, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

Built in 1786, James White’s Fort was home to the founder of Knoxville. More than 10,000 visitors tour the Fort each year and experience the frontier lifestyle through hands-on interpretations. Celebrate at James White’s Fort and learn about open hearth cooking and blacksmithing. Donations will be gladly accepted.

205 E. Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information: 865-525-6514,

Mabry-Hazen House (Saturday, May 31, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

Celebrate Tennessee Statehood Day and Confederate Decoration Day! Confederate Decoration Day starts at 11:00 AM at Bethel Confederate Cemetery, and shuttles will be available beginning at 10:00 AM at the Mabry-Hazen parking lot. Heritage groups including the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy will gather at the Bethel Cemetery to honor over 1,600 Confederate soldiers who are interred at this historic site. Speakers will be present to offer perspectives relating to the Civil War and the role of the Confederate soldier. In addition, tours of the newly opened Bethel Cemetery Civil War Museum will be offered. Parking will be located at the Mabry-Hazen House and buses will shuttle visitors down the road to the cemetery.
1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915. Information: 865-522-8661,

In addition to the Historic Homes of Knoxville, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum and Crockett Tavern Museum will also host Statehood Day events.

Crocket Tavern Museum (Saturday, May 31, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

The Museum was built on the site of the boyhood home of Davy Crockett. It is a reconstruction of the 1790’s John Crockett Tavern.

2002 Morningside Drive, Morristown, TN 37814. Information: 423-587-9900,

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum (Sunday, June 1, 12:00-5:00 PM)

The mission of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum (Vonore), a property of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians in Eastern Tennessee, particularly the life and contributions of Sequoyah. The Museum will collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit objects and data that support this mission. Free admission; blacksmith shop will be open. Genealogy workshops and storytelling in the afternoon.

576 HWY 360, Vonore, TN 37885. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM, Sunday, 12-5PM. Information: 423-884-6246,

Thanks, Suzanne & The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, TN


Groupon: Museum of Appalachia Ticket or Family Membership Deal

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If you have been considering a trip to the Museum of Appalachia go ahead and grab this Groupon dealYou can chose between two options:

$19 for admission for two (up to $36 value)
$69 for a one-year family membership for two adults and two children ($100 value)

  • One year of free museum admission, including the July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot and the “Days of the Pioneer” antique show
  • Membership discount on a Tennessee Fall Homecoming ticket
  • Member recognition in the newsletter and a personalized membership card
  • Invitations to special events
  • One-year subscription to Smithsonian magazine, including discounts on purchases from the Smithsonian catalog and free admission to the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City

Children younger than 5 are admitted for free with parent.  We took the boys last year and they loved it! There was plenty of room to run and lots to explore.

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They loved looking through the cabins and hearing the stories of how people lived “back in the day”. 🙂

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If you are planning a trip go ahead and buy your tickets now to save!

Six Flags Read to Succeed: FREE Six Flags Tickets, Last Day to Register for 2014

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Read to Succeed is a program by Six Flags to encourage children in grades K through 6th to read for enjoyment. All students who complete six hours of recreational reading will earn a free ticket to Six Flags!This program is open to teachers, homeschool parents, and schools at no cost. The program registration deadline is March 3, 2014 at 5pm CST.

**I registered as a homeschool, but if your kiddos go to school it seems your school has to be registered in order to participate. Your child’s teacher also has to complete the registration and the tickets are available to be used in the summer.

It was really easy for me to register, and based on the message I received it appears easy for schools too!  I was the Read to Succeed Coordinator for our school last year. It takes 30 seconds to register a school. Any teacher registering 10 or more students gets a free adult ticket. The coordinator also gets a free adult ticket.

Here’s how to earn your free tickets:

Register at Read to Succeed.
Print out and complete the reading logs for each of your children.
Once your children have completed 6 hours of reading, log back in and enter how much they’ve read under the “Students” tab.
You won’t be required to mail in the reading logs this year. Your tickets will be mailed or emailed in the spring.

Don’t forget to checkout the long list of Free and reduced admission deals for teachers/homeschools going on in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg through March 9th!