When my daughters were younger, we spent several spring breaks at Dollywood. I consider that plan a mom-win because the kids think we’re doing something fun, but I also know it’s educational because it just so happens that spring break coincides with Dollywood’s Festival of Nations. [See adorable pictures from when we visited years ago]
To have your own mom-win (or dad-win), you should take advantage of this annual event, too! Festival of Nations will immerse your family in cultures from around the globe through music, art, food and entertainment. Two of our favorite shows from my girls’ childhood was a steel drum orchestra from the Caribbean and an Irish dance company.
Dollywood brings in new acts every year. I love that I’ve been able to expose my children to dozens of customs from around the world. I remember hoping that if my girls were assigned a research paper about another country, it would be one they learned about during our Festival of Nations visits! So, don’t forget to take pictures! My daughter, Eriel, did a report and presentation from what she learned from Ragus, a dance group from Ireland. She purchased an Irish drum and got to use it during the presentation. (I’ll call that a good investment for a spring break whim purchase!) It’s also neat that we were able to meet several of the groups after we watched their shows. You can learn even more through a short conversation!
To get the best bang for your buck, start planning now and go ahead and make your reservations. I’m a fan of Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa because resort guests receive complimentary transportation to and from Dollywood. You’ll also receive complimentary TimeSaver passes, which ensures you’ll see the shows you want to see and minimize the time you wait in line for your favorite rides. Another cool perk of staying at Dollywood’s resort—if you buy anything at the theme park, you can have it delivered to your room at the resort at no charge.
Be sure to check Dollywood’s operating calendar. Dollywood is open most days during this time of year, with the exception of Easter Sunday and some Tuesdays.
I hope to run into you at the park and hear about your mom-win!