Children Programs


Please RSVP to Brandi Groce (contact info above)

What will happen:  Children will have an area to play games and interact with each other. Parents will also have some time to get to know one another and the professionals in the group.

Who is this for: Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

What to bring:  Bring snacks or finger foods to share with everyone like chips/dip, cookies, crackers, sandwiches, salsa/chips, meat/cheese tray, veggies or veggie tray, juices, cokes, fruits or fruit tray (with caramel or fruit dip), pickles, etc.

*When you RSVP, please tell me what you can volunteer to bring.

Please get the word out to parents of Deaf and HOH children and encourage them to come and meet other children and their parents. This is a great group of parents and professionals who enjoy one another, and learn from one another, and support one another without bias! Let me know if you have any questions.

We really look forward to this social, and we hope to see each and every one of you there!

We believe “What works for your child is what makes the choice right.” ©


Registration is required.

Lodging is limited.
Reserve you spot today!
$25.00 per family of five. 

Saturday events include: parent workshop and childcare; afternoon family activities and socializing with others from across the state.   Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on Saturday and Continental breakfast provided on Sunday.

Event  is held at the TSD Knoxville campus
2725 Island Home Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37920


Admission: One adult admission covers your entire family; members free; 18 and younger always free!

The Frist loves families! Bring the whole family to the museum for the price of one adult admission! Join us on the second Monday of the month for special programming, including trilingual storytime in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language, family tours with ASL interpretation, and Martin ArtQuest Gallery—open exclusively to families on these dates! School groups are welcome the rest of the month.

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.   Martin ArtQuest is reserved just for families. Groups are welcome the rest of the month.
10:30 a.m.   Storytime in the Galleries (English, Spanish, and ASL)
11:00 a.m.   Family Walk-Up Tour (ASL interpretation provided)
1:30 p.m.   Public Walk-Up Tour


The best-selling young adult novel of all time comes to NCT’s stage in a powerful, hard-edged production that has been three years in the making!  In this intense coming-of-age story set in 1965 Tulsa, Oklahoma, you’re either a Greaser or a Soc. When these two gangs from opposite sides of the track clash, young Ponyboy will have to depend on his brothers and friends to survive. Written by a teenager, about teenagers and for teenagers, S.E Hinton’s explosive first novel has captured generations of adolescent readers, and is just as relevant today as it was when it first burst on the scene almost 50 years ago. 


NCT’s Artistic Director Scot Copeland says, “Under the inspired direction of Jeff Church (in my opinion the most innovative theatrical director for teenage audiences in America) collaborating with NCT’s amazing creative team, and featuring a powerhouse cast of Nashville’s most exciting young actors, we are finally ready to rock Nashville with a production that will not soon be forgotten!” Stay gold.   


Guest Director Jeff Church, Producing Artistic Director at The Coterie, Kansas City, MO. 


The story and action of this play may be too intense for younger children.


Approximate runtime: 75 minutes plus a 10 minute intermission at weekend performances.


Sunday, Sept 28 offers a sign-interpreted performance.


Enjoy a family story time program which incorporates American Sign Language, stories, activities, and crafts.

Bring the whole family! Held in the children's section. No registration necessary. Just show up and enjoy.


Direction and Musical Direction by Mike Lees, Choreography by Jessica Laliberte Bowman

A beloved classic of children's literature, The Secret Garden tells an inspirational story of transformation and empowerment.  Mary Lennox, a sickly and contrary little girl, is orphaned to dim prospects in a gloomy English manor.  Her only friend is a bed-ridden boy named Colin whose prospects may be dimmer than hers.  But when Mary finds the key to a hidden garden, the magical powers of transformation fall within her reach.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 @ 7 PM with Real-Time Captioning for our deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons

Saturday, March 16 is NCT open-captioned performance of The Wind in the Willows NCT's Copeland and Binkley blended Kenneth Grahame's plot and poetry with the music and lyrics of Gilbert and Sullivan, crafting a delightful confection that is absolutely sure to please. It is spring, and little Mole emerges from hibernation to explore the wonders of peaceful life along the riverbank with his new friend, Ratty. Peaceful, that is, until the irrepressible Mr. Toad develops a most unsavory obsession with...motorcars. Not even wise Old Badger can prevent Toad's disastrous dash down the road to ruin, and soon Toad is in jail and Toad Hall is in the hands of Weasels! Approximate Runtime: 65 minutes Open captioning uses a text display to provide a simultaneous transcription of dialogue, lyrics, and sound effects during a live performance. The service is open to everyone for viewing in a designated seating area. Open-Captioning is co-sponsored by Tennessee Captioning.

Meat and drinks will be provided but please bring a side dish or dessert to share.   


The meeting will be in the second floor large classroom. We will elect officers and organize future meeting dates and events, so please come ready with ideas!

Childcare available at the Achieve Center - Please RSVP to Marty at if you need childcare.


We will meet out front a few minutes before 3 and go in as a group. If you are late, you can tell the front desk that you are a part of the TN Hands and Voices. 

Going out for dinner downtown afterward for those interested. Restaurant suggestions are welcome! 

The cost for the museum is free!