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Magic, Music & Nature: The Great Smokies With Your Grandchild

Learn about show biz from local musicians and become a storyteller, magician and passenger on the Titanic as you discover the wonders of the Great Smokies with your grandchild.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21737RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,649 / ADULT
999 / CHILD
Tennessee

Magic, Music & Nature: The Great Smokies With Your Grandchild

Learn about show biz from local musicians and become a storyteller, magician and passenger on the Titanic as you discover the wonders of the Great Smokies with your grandchild.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,649 / ADULT
999 / CHILD
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,649 / ADULT
999 / CHILD
Program No. 21737RJ

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Age 8 - 12
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Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2023
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At a Glance

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be in show biz? Have you dreamed of performing magic tricks? Come join us for a fun-filled discovery of the music, culture and entertainment of the Great Smoky Mountains. Pigeon Forge started as a quiet mill town, but today it’s the “Entertainment Capital of the Great Smokies” and your grandchild’s learning playground for a week of theater performances, storytelling, theme parks and nature hikes. Meet magicians, musicians and a local artisan. Go behind the scenes in a professional theater and get up close and personal with the natural world on hikes and drives through Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking two miles on varied terrain. Elevations up to 5,500 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the history of Dollywood, one of the most unique theme parks, packed with rides, concert venues and mountain crafts.
  • Meet a stage magician to learn about show-biz life, and laugh, listen and eat your fill at Dolly Parton's Pirate's Voyage Dinner Show.
  • Meet local craftspeople and storytellers, and explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park on a light, refreshing hike.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-12.
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Mike Gwinn
Mike Gwinn has made Pigeon Forge his home since 1995, and has never regretted a moment. He is a charter member of the bluegrass group, Pine Mountain Railroad, and has been singing and playing musical instruments since he was a young boy. He plays a variety of instruments during presentations including the guitar, “clawhammer” banjo, banjola, and dojo. His love for music and this area are clearly evident as he shares bluegrass, old-time and mountain music.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Mike Gwinn has made Pigeon Forge his home since 1995, and has never regretted a moment. He is a charter member of the bluegrass group, Pine Mountain Railroad, and has been singing and playing musical instruments since he was a young boy. He plays a variety of instruments during presentations including the guitar, “clawhammer” banjo, banjola, and dojo. His love for music and this area are clearly evident as he shares bluegrass, old-time and mountain music.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Smart Blonde: Dolly Parton
by Stephen Miller
Paperback book about Dolly Parton
Smoky Mountain Memories: Stories from the Heart of the Parton Family
by Willadeene & Dolly Parton
Book written by Dolly on their lives in the Smokies.
Pigeon Forge
by Veta Wilson King
Collection of photo's and postcards of the towns past history.
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival and Check-in / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation
Pigeon Forge, TN
D
MainStay Suites

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a buffet meal with salad, choice of entrée, and dessert; beverage choices include sweet tea, lemonade, water.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Scheduled free time is set aside for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

DAY
2
Make your own Instrument, storytelling, Country Tonite show
Pigeon Forge, TN
B,L,D
MainStay Suites

Activity note: Some walking today during team building and behind the scenes at Country Tonite. Shuttle bus or trolley ride to dinner and theater. 20 to 30 minutes of driving time for the evening.

Breakfast: At the hotel, our breakfat buffet offers a selection of eggs, breakfast meats, hot and cold cereals, fruit, breads, pastries, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Mike Gwinn will join us for an introduction to Appalachian folklore, folk music, and instruments. Learn about the history of music, see and hear unique instruments and learn the songs of the mountains. We will have time to make our own musical instruments and maybe learn a chord or two.

Lunch: At the hotel, the deli lunch buffet offers a choice of sandwiches including PB&J, side dishes; beverages choices include sweet tea, lemonade, water.

Afternoon: This afternoon following lunch we will join an on property program featuring a storytelling and team building exercise. Later in the afternoon we’ll travel by coach with our leader to the Country Tonite Theater where we will meet with the Director for a lecture followed by a behind the scenes exploration led by the theater staff. Following our program we will travel to a local restaurant for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner this evening is served at a nearby restaurant located a short distance to the theater. Dinner will be preselected from a limited menu and include a salad, entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage.

Evening: Tonight we enjoy the Country Tonite Variety Show. Celebrating its 20th spectacular season as the show repeatedly voted the Best Show in the Smokies! 2016 will deliver a BRAND NEW and EXCITING show that will surpass all expectations. In this fast-paced production, you will enjoy a variety of dynamic singing and dancing, side-splitting comedy, powerful gospel, and American patriotism. Country Tonite is the only show in Pigeon Forge with youth performers – so it is fun for the whole family!

DAY
3
Explore Dollywood Theme Park
Pigeon Forge, TN
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MainStay Suites

Activity note: Walking approximately 1-3 miles, standing and sitting at Dollywood Entertainment Park. Trolley Bus ride from the hotel to the park about 20 minutes each direction.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll board a trolley for the nearby Dollywood Theme Park, now the best-known attraction in the area. During our guided exploration you will learn about the park and history prior to spending the day in the park. As you go, enjoy current offerings such as educational nature shows, performances, rides, and more.

Lunch: Vouchers provided to choose what you like from the many different options.

Afternoon: We’ll continue to explore Dollywood’s mix of activities that vary by season. You can watch master craftsmen in traditional Appalachian crafts, enjoy fun entertainment and shows — from country to bluegrass, Rock 'n' Roll and gospel music — as well as exciting amusement park rides and attractions Afterwards, we’ll take the trolley back to the hotel with time to relax and freshen up before dinner. Your group leader will return to the hotel at 4:00 PM and those wishing to stay will be on their own to catch a later trolley. Your group leader will help with all transportation questions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Impossibilities lecture & show,Rainforest Zoo,Titanic Museum
Pigeon Forge, TN
B,L,D
MainStay Suites

Activity note: Walking including uneven, unpaved ground. Some stairs, standing and exploring on the Titanic Exhibit. Motorcoach or trolley from hotel to Gatlinburg, 30 minutes each direction.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we enjoy a lecture at the hotel with the owners of the Impossibilities Theater who will talk about the power of illusion and maybe even teach everyone a trick. With a local expert, we’ll take our bus to the Rainforest Zoo Adventure where we will enjoy an interactive adventure with over 130 species and 600 animals. Following our visit we continue to Gatlinburg for lunch.

Lunch: Travel to Sevierville where we have lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy a salad and pizza buffet.

Afternoon: Group Leader will take you to the Titanic Museum for an amazing kid-friendly adventure. While impressive, this two-story construction is only half the size of the ship that became the most famous shipwreck in history. As you enter, you will receive a boarding ticket with the name of an actual passenger or crew member, then get a feel for what it was like to be on that fateful voyage in 1912 as you explore recreations of key places on the ship. Kids will have a scavenger hunt through the bridge, passenger cabins, and the beautiful Grand Staircase.

Dinner: Dinner is in Pigeon Forge before we travel to Gatilinburg where you will have time to visit the Space Needle before our evening show.

Evening: This evening enjoy the Impossibilities Show in the Iris Theater starring Chris Collins and Erik Dobell for their Magic, Mindreading, and Mayhem show.

DAY
5
Smoky Mountain National Park, Gatlinburg, Pirates Voyage
Pigeon Forge, TN
B,L,D
MainStay Suites

Activity note: Today we travel by motorcoach to Gatlinburg and the Smokey Mountain National Park. Some walking today on trails, dirt, uneven services up to 1 to 3 miles. Getting on and off the coach. Travel time is 30 to 45 minutes each direction.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Ride the “Chondola” or choose to experience the Ridge Rambler adventure trucks to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain where you enter the magical Firefly Village. Enjoy spectacular views of downtown Gatlinburg along the way. At the top, you’ll experience majestic scenic views of Mt. LeConte, quaint gift shops and casual dining, or enjoy savory pastries, hot drinks, and of course ice cream at Pearl’s Pie in the Sky. A voucher is included to enjoy lunch while on top of the mountain.

Lunch: A voucher is included to enjoy lunch while on top of the mountain in Gatlinburg.

Afternoon: Visit Sugarlands Visitor Center of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, take a short-guided hike out from the visitor center to get a feel for the mountains and a hands-on activity in the National Park. Next we depart for a visit to the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community where you can see local artisans make and sell their incredible creations.

Dinner: Enjoy a four-course feast and show at Dolly Parton’s newest dinner show in Pigeon Forge, Pirates Voyage. High flying acrobats and divers, animal performers, the legend of Davey Jones and more await you on this evening of pure fun!

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Pigeon Forge, TN
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Activity note: Hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Enjoy another hearty breakfast including breakfast entree's, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereal, coffee.






Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.