Family-friendly events

Our events provide welcome relief and enrichment for children with special needs, their families, and caregivers

Our Events

Check out our annual family events & fundraisers below…

Mane Support Easter Egg Hunt

Held at Mane Support Horse Farm in Rockwood, TN, this accessible egg hunt is fun for all ages. Enjoy activities and pictures with ponies!

Saturday, March 26, 2022 from 2 to 4 p.m.

A Day at The Knoxville Zoo

The Knoxville Zoo plays host to dozens of families as they enjoy animal watching, a picnic lunch in the pavilion, and all the fun the Zoo has to offer. Event details! Detalles del evento en espanol!

Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chandler Farm Day for the Hearing Impaired

Especially for hearing-impaired children and their families, this day on the farm features rides and feeding and petting the farm animals. Event details!

Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tennessee Smokies Baseball

Take me out to the ballgame! We treat families to a night out at the ballpark to cheer on the Tennessee Smokies. Batter up! See event details here.

Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Always a popular event, families can spend the day perusing all the marine wonders housed at this amazing facility in Gatlinburg. See event details here! Detalles del evento en espanol!

Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A Visit to the Pumpkin Patch

Deep Well Farm in Lenoir City plays host to this fall favorite, featuring hay ride, games, and spectacular playground! See event details here! Detalles del evento en espanol!

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Rudolph’s Remix at Fantasy of Trees

Children with special needs can enjoy the holiday magic of Fantasy of Trees in a sensory-friendly setting before public hours. See event details here!

Sunday, November 27, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Shadrack’s Holiday Light Show

Please note this event is CANCELLED for 2022. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The Polar Express Movie Experience

The annual screening of the musical classic, The Polar Express, has become a holiday favorite event for children and families alike. See event details here!

Friday, December 16, 2022 from 6 to 9 p.m.

FUNDRAISER: Bill Williams Charity Fishing Tournament

Hosted by the Greater Knoxville Sertoma, this tournament sees anglers from near and far gather on area lakes to show their skill in landing the largest haul.

Saturday, March 26, 2022 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

FUNDRAISER: Mother’s Day Campaign

Purchase our specially commissioned Mother’s Day card for your mom and all the special women in your life. All proceeds benefit the organization. See our brochure to learn more and place your card order!

April and May 2022

NEW THIS YEAR! Karen Hollingsworth Family Encouragement Conference

Established by a generous gift from the Formall Company, this event will be a day when families will come away with a renewed sense of hope and with information to best help them to help their child with special needs. There will be stipends for child care and transportation. Encouragement is defined as “The act of giving someone support, confidence, and hope,” which embodies what Karen Hollingsworth’s life was all about. Learn more on our flyer and register here!

Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Laurel Church of Christ

FUNDRAISER: Lindsey Nelson Golf Tournament

Sponsored by the Concord-Farragut Sertoma, this annual scramble is held at Dead Horse and honors the life of late local sports broadcaster Lindsey Nelson. Check out the brochure and entry form!

New this year: Beat The Pro! A pro golfer will be stationed on a Par 3 – buy a raffle ticket to wager against her in a “closest to the pin” contest. If you win, you’ll receive double your purchased ticket. If the whole group participates but no one beats the pro, you can use her shot in your scramble!

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Dead Horse Lake Golf Course

FUNDRAISER: Celebrate Sound Walk

Held in conjunction with Greater Knoxville Sertoma, this event highlights preventable hearing loss and raises money for organizations that help the hearing impaired.

Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 2 to 5 p.m. at UT Gardens


Our signature fundraising event brings people together for a seated dinner and live auction set to mellow jazz tunes. Check out all the details on our Save The Date!

Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry

How to Participate

If you are a family served by Tennessee’s Early Intervention System, simply enroll for any of our events directly through your TEIS Service Coordinator or Early Interventionist. All of our family events are provided at no cost to families. Please email us with questions and we hope to see you soon!

What Are Friends For?

Our organization exists to provide a bedrock of support to babies and young children with special needs, their families and caregivers, and the professionals who serve them. We work side by side with early intervention programs to fill in the gaps and provide assistance that a family with specific, urgent needs often just can’t get anywhere else. Family-focused events provide welcome relief and enrichment to children with special needs and those who love them.

Events need volunteers!

Whether the event is designed for family enjoyment or to raise much-needed funds to support our programs, all our events require volunteers to ensure they run smoothly.

A few hours of time can make a huge difference in the life of a special child. Email us to learn more or click the link below to volunteer for the events of your choice!