Gatlinburg Visitor Center to Get New Water Feature (for kids!)

Gatlinburg’s Parkway Visitor Center is being renovated, and the new center will include a splash pad for kids, charging stations for electronic devices, and mountain interpretive areas, according to The water feature will have four waterfalls and a brook. I love this idea! It’s another example of free family fun in Gatlinburg! The project […]

New Sports Complex Will Be Coming to Gatlinburg

A new sports complex will open in Gatlinburg in June of 2014, according to an article by WBIR. Rocky Top Sports World is currently under construction and is pegged to supply “sports tourism” for the area. (I honestly have no idea what that means!) When complete, the complex will have seven synthetic turf fields, six […]

5 FREE Travel Games for Kids — Download Them Now!


I love a good road trip! And I love keeping the kids entertained (at least part of the time…) without movies! Here are some free downloadable games for kids in the car!

St.Patrick’s Day Ideas for Kids

I know, I’m way late, right? I should have written this post last week or before! But somehow it got scheduled for today, so here it is. Because this post is so late, I’ve included only things that are very easy to do and don’t need lots of preparation! So … here are some fun […]

7 News Items about the Smoky Mountains

It’s Tuesday Tidbits again! Boy, how the weeks fly right by, huh? Here’s what’s going on in the Smokies this week: Mexican and a movie for two — No Way Jose’s Cantina in Pigeon Forge is offering a limited-time special — for $29.95, two can dine and get movie passes to the new theater in […]

6 Smoky Mountain News Tidbits

All of the Smoky Mountain area blogs are buzzing with excitement over their white Christmas! Check out some photos below on the Mount Le Conte post. In other news… Youth and Hiking — Jennifer Pharr Davis, author of a book about the Appalachian Trail, discusses youth and the outdoors in this post on the National […]

Christmas Tree for the Animals

Here’s a fun idea for cabin Christmas gatherings! Kids and adults alike will love this one. Try it! I have to give credit to my mother-in-law. She sure is creative when it comes to the holidays. This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas activities — and it works especially well in the mountains! Decorate […]

10 Thanksgiving Games for Kids

I don’t know about you, but whether we’re heading to the mountains for a holiday or staying at home, I love to help the kids get into the spirit. Below, 10 sites you can visit for online turkey games, crafts to make at home, coloring pages to print and ideas for games to play after […]

3 Fun Cabin Activities for Kids

Adults love soaking in hot tubs and playing cards or reading books late into the night. But what about kids? If your cabin doesn’t have kid-type arcade games, what can you do with them? Here are some ideas: 1. Bring a few surprises. Wrap up some fun new things, like kid’s games and toys that […]

Tuesday Tidbits

Here’s this week’s roundup of Smoky Mountain info. Check back on Wednesday and Friday for the early results of our kid testing of area attractions. A mountain Halloween — From the guys at the top of Mount Le Conte — the results of the staff pumpkin carving contest. Black Bear Jamboree leaves Pigeon Forge for […]