Take a La­bor Day stay­ca­tion: 10 Ideas for fam­ily fun over the long week­end.

Ten ideas for fam­ily fun over the long week­end

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORT — Com­piled by staff writ­ers Barry Courter and Su­san Pierce

What are you do­ing over La­bor Day week­end? The long hol­i­day week­end beck­ons, but where will you spend it? Mon­day’s hol­i­day doesn’t al­low enough time for a road trip of any length. So you could stay home and grill or check off some items on the “honey-do list” — or you could bid sum­mer adios with some fun at a lo­cal at­trac­tion. Here are 10 ideas for a La­bor Day stay­ca­tion.

1 Last chance to catch a Night­fall con­cert.

If you haven’t been to a Night­fall con­cert this sum­mer, you’ve got one chance left to catch the down­town party. And it prom­ises to be a great one — Andy Frasco and the U.N. is play­ing. It’s not un­com­mon dur­ing one of the band’s shows for mem­bers to hop off­stage into the au­di­ence as they show off their mu­si­cian­ship. The party band wraps up the free con­cert se­ries on Fri­day, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. in Miller Plaza. 2 See the jel­ly­fish be­fore they float away. Af­ter nine years at the Ten­nes­see Aquar­ium, the “Jel­lies: Liv­ing Art” gallery will soon drift out of sight. This ex­hibit opened May 2009 in part­ner­ship with Hunter Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art. Over the years, sev­eral species of jel­ly­fish have been ex­hib­ited along­side glass art­work in­spired by na­ture.

Aquar­ium vis­i­tors have un­til Sun­day, Sept. 16, to gaze at the jel­lies’ puls­ing bells and ten­ta­cles. Af­ter that, fans will be able to en­joy th­ese free-form sea crea­tures in the Aquar­ium’s Bone­less Beau­ties gallery.

Aquar­ium ad­mis­sion is $29.95 adults, $ 18.95 ages 3-12, with dis­counts avail­able to ac­tive mil­i­tary and veter­ans. The Aquar­ium, 1 Broad St., is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

3 Visit Daniel Tiger’s neigh­bor­hood.

Take your preschooler to the Cre­ative Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum, 321 Chest­nut St., to sing, role play and ex­plore fa­vorite places from Daniel Tiger’s Neigh­bor­hood.

On Sun­day, Sept. 9, Daniel Tiger will catch the red trol­ley out of town back to the Neigh­bor­hood of Make-Be­lieve when “Daniel Tiger’s Neigh­bor­hood: A Grr-ific Ex­hibit” closes.

The mu­seum will be open 10 a. m.-5 p.m. La­bor Day Mon­day and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. other days with the ex­cep­tion of Wed­nes­day. Ad­mis­sion is $14.95.

4 Last chance to take a dip at SoakYa.

With tem­per­a­tures still in the 90s, some fun at the wa­ter­park would make a big splash with the kids.

SoakYa will be open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Satur­day, 1-6 p.m. Sun­day and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. La­bor Day. Combo tick­ets to Lake Win­nie and SoakYa are $34.95 plus tax for ages 3 and older, $24.95 plus tax for chil­dren ages 1 or 2. You can save a few bucks with coupons at area McDon­ald’s restau­rants that give $ 5 off one $27 un­lim­ited- ride pass on Sun­day, Sept. 2.

5 See a bal­loon glow set to mu­sic.

If you’ve never wit­nessed a bal­loon glow, it’s a beau­ti­ful scene at dusk of col­or­ful hot-air bal­loons, lit from within, as they bob and sway in the evening breeze. Grab a cam­era, or keep your cell­phone handy, and head to the Mon­roe Life Bal­loon Fi­esta at The Se­quoyah Birth­place Mu­seum, 576 High­way 360 in Vonore, Ten­nes­see, to cap­ture shots of this mem­o­rable sight.

Fes­ti­val hours are 2-10 p. m. Satur­day- Sun­day, Sept. 1-2. Dur­ing the day, there will be food and crafts ven­dors, a kids area, clowns, teth­ered bal­loon rides and mu­sic as guests wait for the big fi­nale at dusk.

Ad­mis­sion is $10 ages 5 and up. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates for chil­dren in Mon­roe County.

6 Cruise down to Walker County.

A throw­back week­end of poo­dle skirts, leather jack­ets, slicked-back hair and ‘ 57 Chevy Bel Airs are on tap when the Al Mil­lard Me­mo­rial Stock­ing Full of Love car show and sock hop are held Sun­day and Mon­day, Sept. 2-3.

The fun starts Sun­day at 7 p.m. with the sock hop in the Walker County Civic Cen­ter, 10051 High­way 27 in Rock Spring, Ge­or­gia. Paul Smith & the Sky High Band will play. There will be a ’50s dance con­test, hula hoop con­test and Best ’50s Dress con­test.

La­bor Day kicks off with reg­is­tra­tion for the car show from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Vehi-

cle reg­is­tra­tion is $15 prior to Fri­day, Aug. 31; $20 af­ter that.

“Best Of” awards will be given in 10 cat­e­gories. Top 10 street rods and street ma­chines will be rec­og­nized along with Top 5 ve­hi­cles from each decade 1950s90s. Even the Rat­ti­est Rod will go home a prize-win­ner.

All pro­ceeds will help pro­vide Christ­mas for chil­dren in Walker County.

7 See seven states, hear four bands at Rock City.

La­bor Day not only sig­nals the end of sum­mer, but also the con­clu­sion of Sum­mer Mu­sic Week­ends at Rock City.

En­joy old- time blue­grass, mod­ern coun­try and folk mu­sic at the Cafe 7 or the WSRC Ra­dio Show stages be­tween 9 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Satur­day through La­bor Day. Pop­u­lar lo­cal mu­si­cians Matt Downer, High­beams, Am­ber Car­ring­ton and Tar­ryn Aimee Smith will be play­ing.

Rock City is open from 8: 30 a. m. to 8 p. m. Tick­ets are $22.95 adults, $ 12.95 chil­dren ages 3-12.

8 Get down and dirty.

Belly crawl through mud then try to keep from slip­ping while climb­ing a tire wall dur­ing the Scenic City Mud Run on Satur­day, Sept. 1. Those are two of 20 chal­lenges fac­ing run­ners on this 5K muddy ob­sta­cle course at Green­way Farms, 5051 Gann Store Road in Hixson.

It’s a chal­lenge for a good cause, though. This year’s race ben­e­fits South­east Ten­nes­see Veter­ans Coali­tion, which serves veter­ans and their fam­i­lies by cre­at­ing part­ner­ships be­tween VA providers and lo­cal agen­cies.

En­try fee is $40 for in­di­vid­u­als, and you may choose be­tween the com­pet­i­tive or non­com­pet­i­tive races. To reg­is­ter: https :// scenic city mud run. its your race. com/ reg­is­ter /.

9 Laugh your­self silly.

You’ll LOL at any of three com­edy shows hap­pen­ing around town this week­end. You can even par­tic­i­pate in one if you’ve got the nerve.

The Chat­tery presents “Open Mic Sto­ry­telling Night: Firsts” tonight, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. in the To­mor­row Build­ing, 818 Ge­or­gia Ave.

You and your friends will laugh over sto­ries of “firsts” — first kiss, first car, first dates, first love — as they are shared from the floor. There’s only three rules: The story must be true, from the heart and five min­utes or less. Tick­ets are $10 at the door.

An­thony Grif­fith will amuse his au­di­ence with sto­ries of his ec­cen­tric fam­ily mem­bers on Satur­day, Sept. 1, at South­ern Ad­ven­tist Univer­sity. His free show starts at 9 p.m. in Iles P.E. Cen­ter on the Col­legedale cam­pus.

And 2012 World Se­ries of Com­edy champ Landry will be on­stage at the Com­edy Catch tonight through Sun­day with his stand- up rou­tine. Tick­ets are $10 for shows tonight or Sun­day at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $16 for 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. shows ei­ther Fri­day or Satur­day.

10 Check out the new Chat­tanooga Brew Guide.

Sam­ple some new beers and sup­port the cre­ative com­mu­nity when the first Chat­tanooga Brew Guide is held Fri­day, Aug. 31, at Bar­ley Chat­tanooga, 235 E. M.L. King Blvd.

The Chat­tanooga Brew Guide was cre­ated by Su­per Chief, an award-win­ning brand­ing and pro­duc­tion com­pany in Chat­tanooga. For­merly TapTour Brew Guide, it is a self-guided ale trail to brew­eries and tap houses found in town, with ex­clu­sive pre­view kegs from not-yet-open brew­eries.

All pro­ceeds will sup­port the es­tab­lish­ment of the Coun­sel for Cre­atives Fund. The new fund will con­nect com­mu­nity mem­bers with lo­cal men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als and pre­vent cost from be­ing a bar­rier to ac­cess life-chang­ing ser­vices.

Brew Guide’s launch party will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. with live mu­sic and food (in­clud­ing veg­e­tar­ian op­tions) avail­able from Go Gyro Go.

Brew guide pass­books can be picked up at any par­tic­i­pat­ing lo­ca­tion or the Chat­tanooga Vis­i­tor’s Bureau for free. Once your guide­book is in hand, it’s as sim­ple as buy­ing beers and col­lect­ing stamps, then ex­chang­ing those for swag at Bar­ley, which serves as spon­sor and home base for the guide.

Col­lect win­dow de­cals, branded glass­ware and more, all while ex­plor­ing the best our city has to of­fer. For more in­for­ma­tion: www.brewguidecha.com.

The Ten­nes­see Aquar­ium’s ex­hibit, “Jel­lies: Liv­ing Art,” con­cludes Sun­day, Sept. 16.


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