Campers will get up close and personal with the aquarium’s furry + finned friends. | Photo by Doug Strickland via Tennessee Aquarium
With summertime quickly approaching, enrollment for local summer camps is already underway. Chattanooga has no shortage of educational, artistic, and adventurous opportunities for kiddos to have a blast.
If you need help making plans, check out these summer camp offerings in the Scenic City. Note: many of these camps have limited availability, so you’ll want to complete registration sooner rather than later.
🦁 If your kid is interested in animals
Aqua Camp | The Tennessee Aquarium Ages: 5-12, 9-14 + 13-16 Dates: June + July
Kiddos will have the opportunity to explore the world around them through hands-on animal encounters, Aquarium tours, and tons of educational activities.
🎨 If your kid is interested in the arts
Summer Art Camp | The Hunter Museum of American Art Ages: Rising 1st-6th graders Dates: June + July
These unique art camps are taught by local artists + museum professionals with a focus on a hands-on approach to artistic methods, materials, and inspirations.
🌱 If your kid is interested in nature
Escape to Nature | Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center Ages: 5-12 Dates: June-August
Children will explore, play, create, and learn on Reflection Riding’s 300-acre campus.
Fleet Feet + Oddstory Pub Run | Wednesday, Mar. 15 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Oddstory Brewing Co., 1604 Central Ave., Chattanooga | Free+ | Run a 5k route through downtown Chattanooga + enjoy pint night prices at the brewery — runners meet at 5:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 16
Write & Chatt | Thursday, Mar. 16 | 5-6 p.m. | Downtown Library, 1001 Broad St., Chattanooga | Free | Join a supportive community of local + aspiring writers to discuss projects — this month’s theme is fantasy and science fiction.
Art Wise | Thursday, Mar. 16 | 6-7 p.m. | Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave., Chattanooga | Price of admission | Learn more about Beauford Delaney’s “Metamorphosis into Freedom” with Stephen Wicks.
Margherita Fava with Gregory Tardy | Thursday, Mar. 16 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga | $15 | Spend your evening with tunes from jazz pianist + composer, Margherita Fava.
Improv Chattanooga Showcase | Thursday, Mar. 16 | 8-10 p.m. | The Woodshop, 5500 St. Elmo Ave., Chattanooga | $10-$15 | Improv Chattanooga will take audience suggestions, call up volunteers, and play short-form games during this performance.
Friday, March 17
Rock the Riverfront | Friday, Mar. 17-Sunday, April 16 | Times vary | Chattanooga Green, 100 Chestnut St., Chattanooga | Free+ | It’s the opening weekend of the month-long festival featuring the “Los Trompos” interactive art installation, vendors, live music, food trucks, and more.
Food Truck Friday | Friday, Mar. 17 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga, 5704 Marlin Rd., Chattanooga | Price of purchase | Come out to this St. Patrick’s Day-themed Food Truck Friday featuring a potato dish competition.
Springtime Wine Tasting: Italian Whites | Friday, Mar. 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., Chattanooga | $35 | Try an array of Italian white wines + learn about where they come from in this class taught by Aubrey Stout.
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The 110th Commemorative Women’s Suffrage March has been rescheduled for Friday, March 31. The march will begin at the Hamilton County Court House at 12 p.m. and will end with a 30-minute program at Miller Park. (The Pulse)
UnifieEd — a group of local parents, teachers + residents — will host a meeting regarding the state’s third-grade retention law today, March 15. The public is invited to attend the meeting at the Chattanooga Public Library to learn more about how the law will impact students.
After 126 games with CFC, midfielder Juan “Juanito” Hernandez will retire as a player. Hernandez has been hired by the club to serve as its performance coach + will serve in a similar function for the CFC’s women’s team. ⚽
The Building Recognition in Chattanooga Awards has extended its application period through Friday, March 24. The awards highlight excellence in design, construction, engineering + sustainability in Chattanooga’s building industry. Pro tip: Navigate through the award categories to submit your application.
On your mark, get set, go register for CHI Memorial’s River City Ribbon Run. The 5K run will be held on Saturday, April 22 aims to “unite all cancer patients, families, and survivors” + funds raised will help treat and support patients in Chattanooga. Register online. 👟
Outshine Adventures has partnered with local nonprofit Soft Animal to host a “safe space campout” at Bird Fork Farm on Saturday, April 15-Sunday, April 16. The event will include hiking, yoga, a campfire cooking demo, and other activities. Get your tickets. 🏕️
TV personality Victoria Arlen will be a guest speaker at Siskin Hospital’s “Possibilities: Siskin Hospital Celebrates Life Beyond Disability” luncheon on Tuesday, March 21. Get tickets to the in-person event or watch the live stream.
Is the cost of collegeholding you back from pursuing a new career? The TN Reconnect Grant provides free tuition at ChattState for qualified Tennessee adults. Bonus: Hear from a fellow Chattanoogan who earned a ChattState degree tuition-free. Learn more + apply. 🧑🎓*
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Cut down your travel time with TSA PreCheck. | Photo via Pexels
Planning a spring getaway? Don’t forget to add TSA PreCheck enrollment to your pre-vacay to-do list.
The government program provides an expedited security lane at 200+ airports for travelers that pass a security screening — which includes a short application and a 10-minute in-person enrollment appointment — and are given a Known Traveler Number. Bonus: The screening is good for five years and costs $78.
The main benefit of enrolling? Save time when traveling. Recent data found that 96% of TSA PreCheck passengers spent less than five minutes at airport security checkpoints.
Editor’s pick: Want to skip spring and head right into summer? If you want to plan ahead, early bird tickets are now on sale for the Chattanooga Summer Cocktail Festival at the First Horizon Pavilion on June 16. Your ticket allows you to try a dozen “fun-size” signature cocktails while also enjoying local food and live music.
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