April 6, 2005 - Join the festivities as
Knoxville Zoo continues celebrating the recent opening of Kids Cove.
April is the "Month of Fun at Kids Cove" and the zoo is
offering special entertainment for the whole family.
April 9 - The zoo is having an Appalachian Celebration on
Saturday, April 9. Members of the Actor's Co-op of Knoxville will
entertain visitors by reading and acting out stories. The Kids Cove
stage will feature bluegrass music from Liz McGeachy and Tim Marema
beginning at 11 a.m. Also from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., members of the
Southern Highland Craft Guild will demonstrate spinning, herbal
lye soapmaking and ceramic sculpting. Then from 1 to 2 p.m., the
zoo will conduct an alpaca and sheep shearing in the barnyard.
April 16 - Cultural Heritage Day is April 16. Activities
begin at 10:30 a.m. with Bill Landry of WBIR-TV Ch. 10's Heartland
Series sharing Appalachian stories. Bluegrass bands Shadow Ridge
and the Southern Express Band with Michelle Porter start playing
at 11:15 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. respectively. The Tsoyaha Indian
Dancers will perform at noon. The Beck Cultural Exchange Center
and East Tennessee Historical Society will also showcase historical
items from their collections.
April 23-24 - Visitors can learn more about native and barnyard
animals during the Barnyard and Tennessee Animal Weekend on April
23-24 from 11 to 2 p.m.. There will be activity booths, face painting
and much more for visitors to enjoy. Visitors can also talk with
representatives from the Appalachian Bear Center and Great Smoky
Mountains National Park. On April 23, Lone Mountain Station Bluegrass
will perform at 10:30 a.m. and Tony Thomas and friends will play
at 2 p.m.
Kids Cove is full of fun for kids of all ages. It features a playground,
beaver exhibit, a water play area, milking cow, carousel and much
more. Visit www.kidscove.org for more information on performers
and events appearing throughout the "Month of Fun at Kids Cove"
presented by BellSouth Real Yellow Pages.
Knoxville Zoo is located off exit 392 from Interstate 40 and is
open every day except Christmas Day. The zoo is nationally accredited
by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and is committed to
the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation,
Currently, the zoo is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
and on weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission and ticket sales stop one hour before the zoo closes.
For more information, please call 865-637-5331 ext. 300.