Summer Family Programs

Summer Programming Series

Join us again this summer at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center for Family Fun and Inter-Generational Learning!

Beginning the week of June 5th, 2017 (Mon thru Fri from 10 am to 12 noon**) we’ll offer 6 full weeks of fun, hands-on and engaging programs for the entire family. Each week, features a new ‘theme’, where you’ll learn about history, nature, and so much more. Make your plans now to join us each week for great Family Fun! Weekly themes include Archaeology, Pioneer Life, Native Americans, Music & Arts of the Mountains and more**.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. We like to play in the dirt and get our hands dirty.

Participation is FREE to GSMHC Members and to non-members with paid admission to the Museum.

**Please note, ALL children must be accompanied by an adult. Each week offers a new theme, but each day of that week will be the same program.

June 5-9: Archaeology. Learn about the history of Tuckaleechee Cove through the study of archaeology. Participants will take part in a simulated archaeology dig, create a clay pot which you take home, and play authentic Native American games.
June 12-16: Pioneer Life in Appalachia. Learn about the early settlers as you tour the historic village an role play the daily chores of a pioneer family. Make a traditional pioneer craft that you can take home.
June 19-23: Native Americans of East Tennessee. Learn about the first inhabitants of this region as you study Native American artifacts, listen to traditional tales, and make darts from corn cobs.
June 26- 30: The Arts of Appalachia. Learn about some of the traditional art forms including music and works of art of art made from natural objects.  Create a unique work of art to take home.
July 5-8:
Transportation and Education*.  Learn about the different forms of transportation that have been used in this mountainous area as well as the early educational systems in the area.  Load a pioneer’s wagon as they travel from the coast to the Appalachian Mountains.  Play school in an old church.
July 10-14: Flora and Fauna of the Smoky Mountains.  Learn about the abundant wildlife and natural resources our area has to offer.  Make a craft with natural objects.  Go on a scavenger hunt searching for nature’s finest creations.

*Note: No Family Fun Programs on July 3 & 4

Family Fun is made possible in part by our friends at Regions Bank

Family Fun is made possible in part by our friends at Regions Bank