Letterland comes to Tweetsie

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Article Published: May. 2, 2013 | Modified: May. 17, 2013
Letterland comes to Tweetsie

Lyn Wendon and Annie Apple — and more of their friends from Letterland — will return to Tweetsie Railroad May 8, 9, 15 and 16.

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Tweetsie Railroad will welcome Letterland back to the park for its seventh consecutive season on May 8, 9, 15 and 16.

The theme park is teaming up with the world-renowned reading program to help promote literacy efforts throughout the state of North Carolina.

Tweetsie Railroad’s Letterland Days transforms the park into a magical world aimed to delight and educate children.

Favorite Letterland characters, such as Clever Cat, Yellow Yo-Yo Man, Eddy Elephant, Harry Hat Man, Kicking King and Red Robot will come to life. Guests can also ride on Firefighter Fred’s Ferris Wheel, Talking Tess’s Train, explore Zig Zag Zebra’s Zoo and more.

Letterland’s child-friendly, multi-sensory approach phonics program has been successfully helping raise literacy standards among North Carolina children.

In 2007, local reading specialist Kathy Oliver first brought the program to Tweetsie. Since then, Letterland Days at Tweetsie has grown to serve as a celebration of students’ learning achievements, and reading assessment scores continue to improve in districts using Letterland.

As part of the park’s continued commitment to education, Tweetsie visitors can also take part in the Learning Express every Friday and every Friday after Labor Day through Nov. 2.

The Learning Express provides a full day of fun at Tweetsie Railroad, including a ride on the Learning Express Train. The special ride makes history, math and science fun and exciting, a spokesperson for the park said.

Tweetsie also offers curriculum guides for parents and teachers at Tweetsie.com to help further increase the educational value of the Letterland and Learning Express experiences.

Tweetsie Railroad is now open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, including Memorial Day Monday, and seven days a week from May 31 through Aug. 18.

The park returns to the weekend schedule from Aug. 19 through Nov. 3, including Labor Day Monday. The 2013 season ends Nov. 3.

The park’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the exceptionof special events. Daily admission is $37 for adults and $23 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and younger are admitted free.
Tweetsie Railroad is located on U.S. 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock. For more information about the 2013 season, visit http://www.tweetsie.com or call (877) 893-3874.

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Lyn Wendon and Annie Apple — and more of their friends from Letterland — will return to Tweetsie Railroad May 8, 9, 15 and 16.
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The magical world of Letterland returns to Tweetsie Railroad for its seventh consecutive season, starting May 8.
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