10 Kid Friendly Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Are you looking for adventure ideas for your kids this summer? Check out these ten kid friendly scavenger hunt ideas! You will have lots of fun and create many memories.

The train will run again at Tweetsie Railroad!

We have an update regarding the opening of Tweetsie Railroad.

Beginning Friday, July 17, Tweetsie Railroad will open with limited weekend operations, Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Guests will be able to enjoy Main Street, Junction stores, and the Wild West Train ride aboard the park’s historic steam engine.

During this phase of operation, the park will be limiting capacity. Therefore, all Guests need to pre-purchase tickets for a specific date and train ride time.

Tickets have been reduced to$10 for an Adult and $7 for a Child (age 3-12). Children 2 and under will remain free.

Golden Rail Season Pass Holders will have the first chance to reserve a daily admission and train ride ticket for the July 17-19 opening weekend Monday through Thursday, July 13-16. Then beginning on Friday, July 17, the general public will be able to purchase any remaining tickets for the weekend by calling the Ticket Office 877-893-3874.

Sign up for Summer Shine Sessions with Watauga Parks and Rec

Join in the fun with Watauga County Parks and Recreation for art, activity, and athletic sessions throughout the month of July. Registration is open for 5-12 year olds. Please note that there are limited spots available! See the description of sessions below and click here to register.

#CampDreamWorks – A Virtual Summer Camp Experience

In this unique time of physical and social distancing, CampDreamWorks was established as a way for kids to expand their imagination, spark creativity and stay connected during summer.

To help kids (and parents!) escape for a quick break and a bit of summer fun, DreamWorks Animation will offer a variety of easy-to-follow virtual activities every week. Kids can draw beloved characters along with DreamWorks artists, join a DJ-hosted Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts dance party, create a Spirit Riding Free inspired obstacle course & more, all while staying home! CampDreamWorks will help keep summer fun for kids missing out on summer camp, at home!

#CampDreamWorks was designed to create an engaging atmosphere for kids of all ages. Each week will feature DreamWorks themed activities and livestreams to help families staying home during summer, including Draw alongs, live concerts, dance parties, paper crafts, STEAM activities, obstacle courses, and many more!

Weekly Themes
o Week 1 – June 22 – Welcome Week (Boss Baby & Shrek)
o Week 2 – June 29 – Celebrations (Trolls)
o Week 3 – July 6 – Space (Captain Underpants)
o Week 4 – July 13 – Creatures (Kipo and the Age of the Wonderbeasts)
o Week 5 – July 20 – Dragons (Dragon Rescue Riders)
o Week 6 – July 27 – Camp Traditions (Spirit Riding Free)
o Week 7 – August 3 – Magic (Wizards)
o Week 8 – August 10 – Jungle Jam (Madagascar)

Activity Guidelines

Blowing Rock’s FREE Virtual Summer Day Camp

Let’s kick-off a new week with great news from the Town of Blowing Rock’s Park and Recreation team.

Summer Day Camp is one of their most treasured and anticipated programs of the year, unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they were unable to have summer camp. HOWEVER, that doesn’t stop them from wanting their campers to have the best summer possible during these unprecedented and wacky times. They have come together with local businesses to provide activities for campers ALL SUMMER LONG! Get ready to experience science experiments, arts and crafts, virtual field trips, interactive virtual games, education series, and more!

Click here and let the FUN begin!

High Country 2020 4th of July Fireworks

Many 4th of July events are canceled this year, but some events are still a go with new social distancing measures. Please contact us if you know of any other events. Remember to practice social distancing. Stay safe and healthy!

Beech Mountain

Sugar Mountain

July 4, 2020 – A spectacular fireworks show, sponsored by the Village of Sugar Mountain Tourism Development Authority, viewed from Sugar’s 5,300’ peak begins around 9:00 p.m. The Summit Express chairlift runs Saturday, July 4 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. for mountain-top fireworks viewing. No mountain bikes after 7:00 p.m. Typical Mountain Boys perform at the base lodge from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. and food and beverages are available.

West Jefferson

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Ashe County is moving their 4th of July fireworks show from Ashe Park to 368 Ray Hill Drive – West Jefferson. This location, which is the ridgeline between the water tank and cell tower in West Jefferson, is directly across from Mt. Jefferson Road and actually can be viewed from both the 221 side as well as Main Street West Jefferson. The combination of being both a high vantage point along with the parking capability made this an attractive area for our fireworks. They do ask that everyone please view the show from the safety of their vehicles as this property allows the viewing area to be widespread. The show will begin at approximately 9:30 pm on Saturday, July 4, 2020. They will have local law enforcement, fire departments, rescue squad, and parks & rec staff on hand to assist with the traffic and parking. The list of available parking lots includes Ashe County High School, Old Lowes Foods, Wal-Mart, Lowes Hardware, State Farm Insurance, Ashe Civic Center, Skybest Security (Mt. Jefferson Road), Skyline National Bank, Goodwill, Auto Zone, Steve Johnson Auto World, Lifestore Bank (Mt. Jefferson Road), Midway Baptist Church, and Main Street West Jefferson. If you have any questions, please give call at (336) 982-6185.

Barter Theatre at the Moonlite Drive-In

This July, families can go the MoonLite Drive In to see Barter Theatre’s “The Wizard of Oz” and “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.” Tickets go on sale June 16, 2020, and families are encouraged to attend to see family-friendly entertainment performed by the Barter Players. Enjoy a live performance from the comfort and safety of your vehicle. Get the sound through your car’s radio, watch the actors live on stage and simulcast on the big screen. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

What is “Barter at the Moonlite Drive In?”

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website.

Jones House Provides Virtual Music Lessons

The Jones House is now offering virtual private music lessons for the summer. Private lessons offer the opportunity to get personalized instruction that caters to individual goals. Each student will be paired with a skilled local instructor based upon availability, instrument, and skill level. Instructors will engage with students via one-on-one Zoom chat sessions. Instruments offered include guitar, banjo, fiddle, ukulele, mandolin, and more.

COST: $125 for five 30-minute sessions
MORE INFO: Email brandon.holder@townofboone.net

Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation Summer Camp & 4th of July Festival Cancellation

Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation gives the following announcements about their summer camp and 4th of July Festival.

The Town of Blowing Rock has made the difficult decision to cancel
Summer Day Camp for this year. The decision was not easy for our
department as Summer Day Camp is one of our most treasured
programs. We had constant communication and collaboration with
numerous state and local agencies through our decision-making
process. Ultimately, the best decision was to protect the health and
safety of our participants, residents and their families, and staff.

Full refunds will be given to each person who has already paid. If you
have not received a refund by June 26th, 2020, please contact us

The Town of Blowing Rock has also made the difficult decision to cancel
their 4th of July Festival. This includes the Parade and Fireworks.

Please feel free to contact The Town of Blowing Rock at 828-295-5222 for any additional information or questions.

Free Scenic Rides for Watauga and Avery Counties Residents

Beech Mountain Resort opens for the summer season on Friday, June 5, offering scenic lift rides, mountain biking, hiking and disc golf. The resort will also have take-out food and beverage service that can be enjoyed at several outdoor locations on property.

Photo Credit: Beech Mountain Resort

The resort will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Enhanced sanitation practices, social distancing policies and other safety measures will be implemented to follow state and local health guidelines.

Mountain Biking
Beech Mountain Resort provides a variety of lift-served downhill mountain biking trails and a full-service bike shop in the resort village. Lessons and guided ride packages are available to accommodate all skill levels. The resort’s full line of rental bikes includes the addition of electric-assist bikes for 2020.

Scenic Lift Rides
Popular round-trip scenic lift rides to the mountaintop will be available for all guests. As a special thanks to locals, all residents of Watauga and Avery counties will enjoy free lift rides for the month of June. Rules and regulations apply and more information can be found here.

Disc Golf
Patrons can enjoy 18 holes of disc golf at the resort while experiencing gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Disc golfers will be able to walk the course for free or purchase a lift ride up to the first hole at the summit for an official round, heading down the mountain to the last basket.

Beech Mountain Brewing Co.
Beech Mountain Brewing Co., located in the resort village, will offer take-out food only. Growlers of fresh-brewed beer will also be available for purchase.

*5506′ Skybar
Beech Mountain Resort’s 5506′ Skybar will be open with outdoor seating only. Patrons can enjoy a drink and the amazing mountaintop views while respecting social distancing protocols.

*Please check website for opening date and operational times.

Beech Mountain Resort places the health and safety of its customers, its team, and the surrounding community at the forefront of its business practices. The resort will continue to adhere to all federal and state guidelines as each phase is enacted to ensure a safe recreational experience for all.

For more information about the resort’s summer activities or to purchase a season pass, click here.