Knoxville Family Winter Activities

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The seasons may change, but the energy levels of kids don’t! That’s why when winter rolls around it can be harder to find activities to keep little hands and feet busy — and warm! Knoxville Moms has put together this list to help you solve that problem and fill those cold winter days with fun, too.

Knoxville Family Winter Activities

There are activities on this list to appeal to a variety of interests ranging from science to cooking to sports. There are also outdoor activities that can only be enjoyed at this time of year. We hope you find the perfect winter activity for your family!

Knoxville Family Winter Activities

Libraries

Knox County Public Library: For ages infant to five years, starting around 10:00am, Monday through Friday. Check the website for the library closest to you and for specific date and age groups. There are nearly 40 fun and educational story times in the Knoxville area each week!

Barnes and Noble: Saturdays 11:00am. Check listing for location and story time theme.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Performs at various Knoxville library story times. Check website for dates and locations.

Museums

Muse Knoxville: Designed for ages 1-12 (all ages welcome); Admission $10; Seniors, Teachers and military with ID are $5; Babies 12 months and under are free; Open every day 9:00am – 4:30pm; See website for current updates and changes.

American Museum of Science and Energy (Oak Ridge): $5 adults, $3 children (6 – 17 years old), FREE children (5 and under). Monday-Saturday: 9:00am5:00pm; Sundays 1:00pm5:00pm. The museum is open daily, except Christmas Eve, Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge: Adults $8, kids 3 and up $5, kids under 3 are free; Tuesday-Thursday 9:00am5:00pm; Friday 9:00am-8:00pm; Saturdays 9:00am5:00pm; Sundays 1:00pm5:00pm. Closed: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Museum of Appalachia (Norris/Clinton exit): Adults: $18, children (5-12) $6, children (under 5): free. Open 7 Days a Week 9:00am5:00pm.

Museum of East Tennessee History: Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and FREE for children 16 and under. Admission is FREE each Sunday, and ETHS Members always receive FREE admission. Monday-Friday 9:00am4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am4:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm5:00pm.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: Monday–Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 1:005:00pm. (The museum is closed on the following dates: January 1, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, December 24 and 25.)

Knoxville Museum of Art: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm5:00pm. Admission is free, closed on Mondays.

Beck Cultural Exchange: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am6:00pm. (Temporarily closed due to COVID-19.)

Farragut Folklife Museum: Monday-Friday 10:00am4:30pm.

Sunsphere: Open daily 9:00am10:00pm. (Temporarily closed due to COVID-19.)

Lenoir Museum: (Norris, about 30 minutes north of Knoxville) Historical artifacts from early life in East Tennessee. Hours vary. Call (865) 494-9688 for more information.

Stimpson Seashell Museum: (Loudon) One of the world’s largest private seashell collections. Monday-Wednesday 4:00pm-6:00pm, Thursday-Sunday 12:30pm-6:00pm. Call (865) 657-6609 for more information.

Local Stores (some workshops are currently virtual)

Bricks 4 Kidz: Offers fun, educational programs that are engaging and LEGO-filled for kids ages 5 to 12 in the greater Knoxville area.

Cook N Craft Academy: Cooking and crafting classes for kids of all ages. Located in Loudon.

Flour Power: Cooking classes and camps for children ages pre-school to teen.

Home Depot Kids Workshops: First Saturday of the month 9:00am12:00pm; Each child gets a free Home Depot apron.

Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Classes: Located in West Town Mall, Saturdays 10:00am. A new “recipe” is introduced each week, with step-by-step instructions in this interactive class.

Smart Toys and Books:  Call (865) 394-6060 to book open play sessions and workshops.

Whole Foods Kids’ ClubOffers hands-on cooking demos, crafts, and free activities each month.

Sporting/Physical Activities

Foothills Gym/Tumble Bears PRESCHOOL OPEN GYM: Every 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10 – 11 am. Cost is $5 per child, ages walking – 5 years old.

Gym Bugs: Open gym: $5 per child ($1 discount for siblings); cash or check only, Monday-Thursday mornings, 10:30  11:30am.

Defy: 6 and under: $11 for 1 hour; $15 for 1.5 hours; Additional hour $8. 7 and over: $15 for 1 hour, $20 for 1.5 hours, Additional hour $8. Check website for open days/times.

Onsight Rock Gym: Day Pass: Adult (13+) $16, Youth (6-12) $14, Tot (5 & under) $6. Weekdays 11am – 10pm,Saturday 10am – 8pmSunday 10am – 6pm.

Knoxville Ice Bears: Take the family to watch a hockey game! Tickets as low as $9. Check website for schedule and times.

Chuck E Cheese: Admission is free, games are one token each. Check website for times and location and coupons for pizza/token combos.

Tataru’s Gymnastics: Open play: 10am  4pm Monday through Friday & Saturday 1pm-7pm. Parents’ Night Out Friday and Saturday 7pm – 10pm.

Bowling/Ice Skating/Roller Skating

Family Bowl Strike and Spare: Game rates: Monday-Friday 11am  6pm ($3.40), Sunday-Thursday, 6pm  close ($4.75), Friday-Sunday, 6pm  close ($4.90). Shoe rental: $3.00

Oak Ridge Bowling Center: Game rates Monday-Friday 12:00pm-5:00pm $2.50, Shoe Rental $3.00; Wednesday 12:00pm-9:00pm $2.00, Shoe Rental $3.00; Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm Two Games + Shoe Rental $9.00 per person; Friday 5:00pm-6:00pm Two Games + Shoe Rental $9.00; Saturday Two Games + Shoe Rental $9.00; Sunday 12:00pm-9:00pm $2.00, Shoe Rental $3.00

Ice Chalet
100 Lebanon Street
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 588-1858
Admission: $7.50
Skate Rental: $7.50
Spectator Fee for Busy Sessions: $5.50
Ages 5 & Under: $7.50

Cool Sports
110 South Watt Road
Knoxville, TN 37934
(865) 218-4500

Admission Ages 4 & Under (Includes Skate Rental): $4.00
Admission Ages 5 & Older (Does NOT Include Skate Rental): 7.00
Skate Rental: $3.00
Skate Aids (Limited Supply): $5.00

Ober Gatlinburg
1001 Parkway #2
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5423

Admission Ages 5 & Older (Includes Skate Rental): $10.00
Admission Ages 4 & Under: Free with Adult

Knoxville’s Holidays on Market Square
Market Square
Knoxville, TN 37902

Adults (Includes Skate Rental): $12.00
Children 12 & Under (Includes Skate Rental): $9.00
***Only Open during Christmas Holiday Season***

The Change Center
203 Harriet Tubman Street
Knoxville, TN 37915

(865) 951-1567
Admission: $5.00 includes skate rental, $5.00 with own skates
Hours: Friday 6:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday 2:30pm-9:30pm and Sunday 4:00pm-7:00pm

Skatetown
5713 North Broadway Street
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 688-1981

Admission: $5.00-$12.00
Skate Rental: $4.00-$5.00
Hours: Monday 12:30pm-3:30pm & 6:30pm-8:30pm, Tuesday 12:30pm-3:30pm & 7:30pm-10:00pm, Wednesday 12:30pm-3:30pm & 6:30pm-8:30pm, Thursday 12:30pm-3:30pm & 7:30pm-10:00pm, Friday 12:30pm-3:30pm & 7:30pm-11:00pm, Saturday 12:30pm-3:30pm & 7:30pm-11:30pm, Sunday 2:00pm-5:00pm & 7:00pm-9:00pm
*Also open anytime Knox County Schools are out

Skate City Crossville
204 Woodmere Mall
Crossville, TN 38555
(931) 484-0200

Admission: $8.00 includes skate rental, $6.00 spectator only
Hours: Friday 6:00pm-10:30pm, Saturday 6:00pm-10:30pm

Roll Arena Party Zone
2801 East Broadway Avenue
Maryville, TN 37804
(865) 724-1652

Admission: $4.00-$8.00
Skate Rental: $2.00
Hours: Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm & 6:30pm-9:00pm, Friday 7:00pm-11:00pm, Saturday 2:00pm-6:00pm & 6:00pm-11:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm & Sunday Night Jam Skate (13 & Up) First Sunday of the month 7:30pm-10:00pm

Twi-Lite Roller Skating Rink
112 South Sugar Hollow Road
Morristown, TN 37813
(423) 581-6160

Admission: $7-$12
Skate Rental: TBA
Hours: Tuesday 6:00pm-9:00pm, Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm, Friday 6:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm-3:00pm & 6:00pm-10:00pm

Skateland of Niota
819 West Wilson Street
Niota, TN 37826
(423) 568-3205

Admission: $8.00 includes skate rental, $5.00 with own skates
Hours: Friday 7:00pm-11:00pm, Saturday 7:00pm-11:00pm and Sunday 2:00pm-5:00pm
Opens for season on Sept. 3rd

Roll Arena Party Zone
1215 East Tri County Boulevard
Oliver Springs, TN 37840
(865) 435-9541

Admission: $4.00-$8.00
Skate Rental: $2.00
Hours: Tuesday 6:30pm-9:00pm, Friday 7:00pm-11:00pm, Saturday 2:00pm-4:30pm & 7:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm-4:30pm

Snow Tubing/Skiing

Ober Gatlinburg
Drive Time: 55 Minutes
1001 Parkway #2
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5423
Admission Ages 5 & Older: $30.00 Weekdays/Non-Holiday, $35.00 Weekends/Holidays
Admission Ages 3 & 4: Free with Paid Adult
(Under 3 not permitted to ride)

Snow tubing sessions are 90 minutes long. The tubing hill is 350 feet long with a 50-foot drop. The “magic carpet” (outdoor escalator) takes you back up to the top of the hill following each run. Ages 3-5 must ride with an adult 18 years or older. Must be at least 6 years old and 42 inches to ride alone. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Pigeon Forge Snow
Drive Time: 40 Minutes
2533 Teaster Lane
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 366-1334
One Hour of Tubing (All Ages): $29.99
30 Minutes of Snow Play (All Ages): $9.99
One Hour of Tubing & Snow Play (All Ages): $36.99

This indoor snow tubing park is open year-round. The tubing runs and snow play area have real snow with no additives. The temperature is always 60 to 70 degrees inside. For the tubing guests must be 38 inches and 3 years old. Everyone can play in the snow play area regardless of age or height. No advanced reservations are required. As for the ski slopes, there are 12 with four lifts, one tram, two magic carpets, a 556-foot vertical drop, and 38 skiable acres. Season passes are $399, and full session lift tickets start at $39-$65. The best deal is weekday night skiing for just $20!

Rowdy Bear Smoky Mountain Snowpark
Drive Time: 37 Minutes
2155 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 365-1883
Admission: $35.00

Rowdy Bear is billed as the largest outdoor snow tubing hill in Tennessee. The tubing lanes are 500 feet in length with a 70-foot drop, plus it’s real snow. There are two “magic carpet” conveyors to the top of the hill. Riders must be 48 inches to ride alone. Children must be 40 inches tall to participate with an adult over the age of 18. The tubing sessions are 90 minutes long and run daily. Advanced reservations are recommended.

Cataloochee Ski Area
Drive Time: 2 Hours
1080 Ski Lodge Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
(828) 926-0285

Catalochee offers over 50 ski-able acres, a 740-foot vertical drop, three lifts, 16 trails, and night skiing. Season Pass $680 Lift and rental packages: Weekend Adult: 1 day $93, 2 days $186, 3 days $279. A Weekday Adult 1 day pass is $68, 2 days $136, 3 days $204. You can also get packages that include lessons, so check that out before you buy. Just lift tickets start at $65 for day, $75 for day and night, and $32 just night.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
Drive Time: 2.5 Hours
578 Valley View Circle
Mars Hill, NC 28754
(800) 817-4111

Wolf Ridge has 15 trails and four lifts. Season passes start at $395, and they give a discount for family season passes. Individual passes start at $40, and you can ski all day and night for as little as $47-$71 depending on day of the week or holiday rates.

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort
Drive Time: 3 Hours
1009 Sugar Mountain Drive
Sugar Mountain, NC 28604
(828) 898-4521

Sugar Mountain has 125 ski-able acres, 21 slopes, seven lifts, plus ice skating and tubing. They also have night skiing. Season passes are $760, 1-day tickets range from $43-$72, and you can get a deal with multi-day tickets.

Snow Tubing/Skiing

Ober Gatlinburg
Drive Time: 55 Minutes
1001 Parkway #2
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5423
Admission Ages 5 & Older: $30.00 Weekdays/Non-Holiday, $35.00 Weekends/Holidays
Admission Ages 3 & 4: Free with Paid Adult
(Under 3 not permitted to ride)

Snow tubing sessions are 90 minutes long. The tubing hill is 350 feet long with a 50-foot drop. The “magic carpet” (outdoor escalator) takes you back up to the top of the hill following each run. Ages 3-5 must ride with an adult 18 years or older. Must be at least 6 years old and 42 inches to ride alone. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Pigeon Forge Snow
Drive Time: 40 Minutes
2533 Teaster Lane
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 366-1334
One Hour of Tubing (All Ages): $29.99
30 Minutes of Snow Play (All Ages): $9.99
One Hour of Tubing & Snow Play (All Ages): $36.99

This indoor snow tubing park is open year-round. The tubing runs and snow play area have real snow with no additives. The temperature is always 60 to 70 degrees inside. For the tubing guests must be 38 inches and 3 years old. Everyone can play in the snow play area regardless of age or height. No advanced reservations are required. As for the ski slopes, there are 12 with four lifts, one tram, two magic carpets, a 556-foot vertical drop, and 38 skiable acres. Season passes are $399, and full session lift tickets start at $39-$65. The best deal is weekday night skiing for just $20!

Rowdy Bear Smoky Mountain Snowpark
Drive Time: 37 Minutes
2155 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 365-1883
Admission: $35.00

Rowdy Bear is billed as the largest outdoor snow tubing hill in Tennessee. The tubing lanes are 500 feet in length with a 70-foot drop, plus it’s real snow. There are two “magic carpet” conveyors to the top of the hill. Riders must be 48 inches to ride alone. Children must be 40 inches tall to participate with an adult over the age of 18. The tubing sessions are 90 minutes long and run daily. Advanced reservations are recommended.

Cataloochee Ski Area
Drive Time: 2 Hours
1080 Ski Lodge Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
(828) 926-0285

Catalochee offers over 50 ski-able acres, a 740-foot vertical drop, three lifts, 16 trails, and night skiing. Season Pass $680 Lift and rental packages: Weekend Adult: 1 day $93, 2 days $186, 3 days $279. A Weekday Adult 1 day pass is $68, 2 days $136, 3 days $204. You can also get packages that include lessons, so check that out before you buy. Just lift tickets start at $65 for day, $75 for day and night, and $32 just night.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
Drive Time: 2.5 Hours
578 Valley View Circle
Mars Hill, NC 28754
(800) 817-4111

Wolf Ridge has 15 trails and four lifts. Season passes start at $395, and they give a discount for family season passes. Individual passes start at $40, and you can ski all day and night for as little as $47-$71 depending on day of the week or holiday rates.

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort
Drive Time: 3 Hours
1009 Sugar Mountain Drive
Sugar Mountain, NC 28604
(828) 898-4521

Sugar Mountain has 125 ski-able acres, 21 slopes, seven lifts, plus ice skating and tubing. They also have night skiing. Season passes are $760, 1-day tickets range from $43-$72, and you can get a deal with multi-day tickets.

Knoxville Family Winter Activities

Don’t miss out on any fun this winter season! Be sure to check out more details on where to go ice skating, skiing, and snow tubing

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