Resources for Family Fun, Activities & Education
Kids do like structure so be sure to offer a good mix of educational and fun activities – and many include both!
Resources for Schooling:
Tennessee Department of Education
Good news parents! Tennessee Department of Education has announced a partnership with PBS to deliver daily instructional content for Tennessee students. Check it out!
Kid Central TN
Are your kids driving you crazy yet? Head to http://kidcentraltn.com for tips and home activities to help avoid family boredom while practicing social distancing. We can do this!” https://www.kidcentraltn.com/support/full-family-support/home-activities-to-help-avoid-family-boredom-while-practicing-social-distancing-and-self-isolation.html
Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee
“We’re offering a lifeline for overwhelmed moms with young kids, and it’s all done by text”
Resources for Family Fun:
Goodnight with Dolly
“Dolly Parton will read children’s books at bedtime on the Imagination Library official social channels over the next 10 weeks beginning Thursday, April 2 at 7 PM EDT.” https://dollyparton.com/imagination_library
Save With Stories with Jennifer Garner & Friends
Jennifer Garner and fellow actor Amy Adams came up with #SAVEWITHSTORIES. In partnership with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, they’ll be offering stories on Instagram and Facebook to provide a little fun, a little education, and a little distraction for kids and parents.
Tennessee State Museum
“Many things are available online from the Tennessee State Museum, including: Downloadable #ColorOurCollection sheets for parents to print out for their children that feature artifacts from the Museum” https://tnmuseum.org/color-our-collection
Adventure Science Center
Browse their online collection of DIY science projects: https://www.adventuresci.org/diyscience
Battle of Franklin Trust
Learn more about the Battle of Franklin in the Civil War, Carter House, and Carnton: https://boft.org/learn
Take a virtual tour of the Belmont Mansion grounds or access the audio tour of the grounds if you want to see the cherry blossoms in bloom for yourself: https://www.belmontmansion.com/gardens-and-grounds
Learn about the statues that are on the campus, discover photos of the Acklen family, and browse the online art gallery: https://www.belmontmansion.com/collection-draft
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
Tots! program has moved to online activities for families: https://cheekwood.org/learn/tots/
Enjoy virtual garden tours on Instagram by following the hashtags #cheekwoodinbloom and #ourgardensyourhome
Bear Cam at Brooks Falls in Alaska
Watch salmon leaping up the falls, while brown bears compete with each other for the best fishing spots. The largest and most successful bears can catch and eat more than 30 salmon (over 120 pounds) per day! Other nature cams available too. FREE!
The Channel Islands National Park 360 Tour
“As part of its Parks 101 series, the National Park Foundation once again partnered with actor/recording artist Jordan Fisher to showcase California’s Channel Islands National Park. The 360 virtual tour invites visitors to take an introductory look at the park’s spectacular islands and underwater marvels through this Channel Islands 101 feature. Plug in your headphones, press play, and pan around to #FindYourPark from wherever you are”
“If you’re cooped up inside over these coming weeks, maybe drop these cams into the old bookmark bar. Sea otter feeding time, Alaskan brown bears emerging from hibernation, European brown bears lolling about, otherworldly jellyfish, and more. We’ll update and add to this list periodically.”
Nashville Music City (Schedule for Online Concerts)
“It’s a strange time when you can’t hear live music pumping out of all the clubs in Music City. But we adapt! From their homes to yours Nashville artists are livestreaming concerts so you can still feel the music – safely at home. This is Music City. The music is in us. And we always find a way to share it with the world.” https://www.visitmusiccity.com/things-t…/…/upcoming-concerts
Nashville Public Library
“Young kids will love the virtual puppet shows from the Nashville Public Library!”
Frist Art Museum
Frist Art Museum’s YouTube Channel has archives of lectures, instructional videos, short features, and performances – fun for the whole family!
Country Music Hall of Fame
“Fun for every age at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: pre-recorded live performances, interviews, songwriter sessions, podcasts, and more. You can also explore their Digital Archives (including photos, sound recordings, printed materials, and objects of their collection), Oral History, a Photography Collection, and more:” https://countrymusichalloffame.org/videos/ https://countrymusichalloffame.org/collections
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
“Home of the People’s President is offering Virtual Visits, a new video or livestream featuring different parts of the site. From mansion tours to behind-the-glass discussions, their staff will bring history to your home.” facebook.com/7thpresident
The Gallery of Iconic Guitars
Read stories about the instruments and watch videos of musicians and their connections to the famed guitars: https://www.thegigatbelmont.com/
Gaylord Opryland Resort
Grand Ole Opry
Given that country music fans can’t come see the show in Nashville, with the help of the Opry’s very own television and video network Circle, they are bringing the Opry show to the world starting at 8/7c Saturdays online and in select local markets.
Jack Daniel Distillery
Take a virtual tour of the Jack Daniel Distillery and learn about the whiskey-making process and all that goes into it: https://www.jackdaniels.com/en-us/process
You can also learn more about Jack Daniel’s through their new augmented reality app: https://www.jackdaniels.com/en-us/jd-ar
Lane Motor Museum
Learn about each car and exhibit item in their collection that may not even be on display when you visit! https://www.lanemotormuseum.org/collection
Explore works by local, regional, and national artists on their website: https://www.lequiregallery.com/
Activities designed for families, to spark creativity, discovery, and a sense of adventure: https://www.letsroam.com/roam_from_home/families
Games and ideas for couples to enjoy when they’re social distancing together: https://www.letsroam.com/roam_from_home/couples
Musician’s Hall of Fame and Museum
Enjoy a collection of interviews, interesting stories, and more on their YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mhfmnashville/videos
Watch Musicians Hall of Fame Backstage Episodes: https://www.musicianshalloffame.com/musicians-hall-of-fame-backstage/
Nashville Children’s Theatre
The NCT Drama School has created a series of fun activities you can do with your kids: https://www.nashvillechildrenstheatre.org/fun-at-home-activities
For the little ones, they have Teddy Bears’ Picnic Activities: https://www.nashvillechildrenstheatre.org/teddy-bears-picnic-activities
From Honky Tonk Highway to our very own Parthenon, the Nashville story is in the palm of your hand with the Nashville Sites tours. With more than 20 digital tours that cover women’s history, Civil Rights history, architecture, and of course, music, you can dive deep into Music City from your living room. https://nashvillesites.org/
Three social media posts a week focusing on Music Education tools for parents to use at home with their children.
While the Zoo is closed, they hope you will engage on social media, particularly Facebook and Instagram, to get your daily dose of cute animals, learn some new fun facts, and watch regular livestreams with keepers. For the next few weeks, they will be sending out an email each Monday letting you know when to catch live streams that week.
Oz Arts Nashville
Brave New Podcast explores the beauty, quirks, and challenges of creation: https://www.ozartsnashville.org/brave-new-art-podcast/
Art Wire pieces are reflections on OZ’s 2019-20 performance season through the words of ten writers: https://artwire.ozartsnashville.org/
The Tinney Daily Feature highlights a particular piece of art with photos, information, and possibly video from the artist. https://www.tinneycontemporary.com/daily-art-feature