Dads2Dads: Finding the good in quarantine We Americans are amazing when it comes to pulling out the good from a monumental heap of bad. COVID-19 is horrible.
Chattanooga Theatre Center announces adjusted 2020 Summer Academy for grades 4-12 After closing its doors on March 13 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chattanooga Theatre Center is launching its 2020 Summer Academy in an abbreviated format for students grades 4-12, according to a news release.
Tennessee offers new financial support due to coronavirus pandemic for families who qualify for free, reduced school meals The Tennessee Department of Human Services and the Tennessee Department of Education announced Monday that Tennessee families are now eligible to receive financial support for their children's nutritional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ages 6 to 11: Humane Educational Society 'Furry Tales' story time and pet enrichment activities Every Tuesday and Thursday, the Humane Educational Society provides "humane education" for kids on Facebook Live and YouTube.
First Things First: 8 ways to teach your children about race No matter what your experience or lack of experience has been when it comes to race, there is no denying that your personal experience impacts what you believe and how you behave. As adults, it also affects what and how you teach your children about race and how to respond to others who may not look or act like they do.
First Things First: 10 points to have a productive conversation about racial differences With protests against protest brutality and the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis taking place across the country — and right here in Chattanooga — Chris Ownby, Reggie Madison and Gena Ellis from First Things First provide 10 keys on how to have a productive conversation about race.
First Things First: How to help your child process what they're not going to get to do this summer This summer will look different for a lot of children and families. First Things First program director Reggie Madison, a father to seven, talks about how to help your child/children process emotions they might be feeling and how to help them still have a summer to remember.
State organizations release free summer STE(A)M Resource Hub for students The Tennessee Department of Education and Tennesee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) have released a free Summer STE(A)M Resource Hub with weekly challenges to guide students and families in exploring different careers and pathways, according to a news release.
Hunter Museum: Learn how artists have expressed ideas related to the Black Lives Matter movement The Hunter Museum of American Art has compiled resources and works of art from black artists and creatives as protests against police brutality sweep across the country, including in Chattanooga.
Kid-friendly links from the Creative Discovery Museum The Creative Discovery Museum has an entire section of "CDM at Home" activities for local families on their website, but CDM has also compiled a list of links to other kid-friendly websites for families and children.
Friday night fun: Nightfall music series begins virtual shows June 5 Looking for something to do with the family Friday nights this summer?
Tennessee PBS stations to continue to offer educational programs in response to COVID-19 The Tennessee Department of Education announced Monday a second phase of its partnership with statewide PBS stations to help ensure children continue to have access to educational content during the summer, according to a news release.
Five must reads for this summer from librarians across Hamilton County Schools Throughout the 2019-2020 school year, librarians across Hamilton County Schools have submitted "Hamilton Book of the Week" nominations, and to kick off a strong summer of reading, the district has compiled a list of five must reads for #HCSReads2020 summer of reading.
Fun facts about Chattanooga Zoo's new giraffes You've probably heard by now that Chattanooga Zoo has added three male reticulated giraffes, but how much do you know about the new additions — and what does reticulated mean anyway?
Chattanooga's LibArtLive combines storytelling and visual arts in series of virtual classes for adults The Association for Visual Arts and Chattanooga Public Library will explore the relationship between storytelling and the visual arts in a series of adult art classes beginning this week.
Chattanooga Football Club to launch online version of youth soccer program this summer The Chattanooga Football Club is launching an online version of its youth soccer program, Operation Get Active, to help kids stay healthy this summer.
First Things First: A 30 day family activity challenge to kick off summer First Things First, a Chattanooga area organization that provides resources for couples and families, has launched a 30 day family activity challenge to kick off summer during the coronavirus pandemic.
Chattanooga Zoo's new giraffes mark rise in profile that was a long time coming With the debut of three reticulated giraffes this week, Chattanooga Zoo has fulfilled a tall order in its master plan, and the high-profile addition is just Phase 1.
North Georgia Wildlife Park and Zoo to offer in-person summer camps with COVID-19 precautions The North Georgia Wildlife Park and Zoo is offering adjusted summer camps with COVID-19 safety precautions for kids in grades 1-6, according to a news release.
Tennessee Aquarium rolls out three new webcams featuring jellyfish, lemurs and reef fish Despite closing its doors due to the novel coronavirus, the Tennesee Aquarium offers a free "Aquarium At Home" experience that now includes three additional live webcams.
Hamilton County 4-H offers free virtual summer programs Hamilton County 4-H is offering a variety of free online programs this summer to all county residents in grades 4 through 12.
Registration opens for free online Summer Invention Challenge Bridge Innovate invites students to compete in its free online Bright Spark's Summer Invention Challenge for a chance to win a $100 gift card.
Chattanooga area kids: Share the first place you want to visit after the coronavirus pandemic Parents, please share this with your children. We want to know where your children would like to go first in the Chattanooga area after the coronavirus pandemic. Submit what your children say, their name (you can just put first name) and age. It can be big and fancy or incredibly ordinary, like the grocery store.
Chattanooga library kicks off online summer learning programs for kids and adults This year, the Chattanooga Public Library will host its annual summer learning program entirely online.
Try making ice cream in a Mason jar. The possibilities are endless. You don't even need a fancy ice-cream maker. All you really need is heavy cream, a Mason jar and strong forearms. It's a fun at-home project and so easy a child could be in charge.
Michelle Obama joined by Barack for online reading series Michelle Obama was joined by a famous fellow reader Monday on her popular online series "Mondays With Michelle Obama."
Free online reading resources for young children available through ReadyRosie to Hamilton County families Free literacy resources, like short videos and simple activities, for young children are now available to families in Hamilton County through ReadyRosie, an early education online program.
National Medal of Honor Heritage Center launches podcast as it prepares to reopen The Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is launching a podcast Wednesday to highlight the character traits necessary to win the highest military honor.
Free printable art activities for all ages from the Hunter Museum of American Art The Hunter Museum of American Art has gone virtual.
Share your nature sightings during the virtual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage This year, the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is going virtual, making it boundless. As in years past, the 2020 event will not be limited to one location or wildflowers as its name suggests.
Participate in the Creative Discovery Museum's community art project To celebrate the eventual reopening of the Creative Discovery Museum, museum officials are asking community members to create a 12x12 textile square.
Take a virtual tour of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Beginning Friday, May 15, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will reopen access to certain areas of the park that were previously closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But for those who are still homeschooling or self-quarantining at home, a virtual tour of the Civil War memorial park is being offered online.
Dads2Dads: Confront kids' coronavirus fears with clear information Our kids can become fearful and wonder: Will it happen to me or my friends or my family? They may worry about completing classes, whether or not they will be going to campus in the fall, when they will be able to get together with their friends, if things will ever get back to "normal" and, if they do, whether their social relationships will be the same. With parents who must continue to go to work, children may have a greater level of fear for their parents' safety.
Go on a wildflower scavenger hunt this spring, download a free plant identification app Tennessee State Parks has put together a list of 15 wildflowers and flowering shrubs that you can find in state parks this season.
VIDEOS: Exploring spring ephemerals with a Tennessee State Parks naturalist There is no better time to take a walk in the woods than the spring ephemeral season, according to the Tennessee State Parks website. Spring ephemerals are known as the "here today, gone tomorrow" plants with many blooming in March and April.
VIDEOS: Backyard Botany with a Tennessee State Parks Ranger Learn some backyard botany from Tennessee State Parks Ranger Meg who is also the East Tennessee Regional Interpretive Specialist. In the series of videos below, Meg provides several facts and interesting information on common blue violets, dandelions and common mulleins. Can you find any of these in your yard?
Brain Training Tuesday with a retired fighter pilot from the U.S. Air Force This week, a retired fighter pilot from the U.S. Air Force shares his story about what it takes to be a great pilot and what cognitive skills he uses to fly.
Tennessee State Parks hosts first-ever virtual 5k race on World Bee Day Tennesseans doing their part to stay apart but also eager to keep moving will be able to participate in a virtual 5K race this month organized by Tennessee State Parks to coincide with World Bee Day on May 20.
National Safe Digging Month: Check out this STEM digital arcade The Safe Digging Arcade, developed in honor of National Safe Digging Month, utilizes science, engineering, technology and math games to teach children how to dig safely, a news release states.
Keeping kids fit and active: Local fitness trainer leads virtual 'jam sessions' aimed at kids With school out until at least this fall, many students are stuck at home, socially distancing with parents who are probably juggling working from home and keeping the kids learning and engaged.
Complete this online scavenger hunt from the Medal of Honor Heritage Center If you get at least eight out of 10 questions correct, you will receive a free ticket to be redeemed before December 2020 – only by the child who completed the scavenger hunt. Send an email to with any questions.
WATCH AND LEARN: Penguins at Tennessee Aquarium tend to first egg of 2020 nesting season We have some "eggcellent" news from the Tennessee Aquarium! Gentoo Penguins Nipper and Pebbles are tending to the first egg of the 2020 nesting season, according to the Tennessee Aquarium.
Hunter Museum: Have you ever wondered what someone in a painting was thinking? Have you ever wondered what someone in a painting was thinking? What do you think Miss Olga D., the subject of the portrait above, was thinking?
Countdown to kindergarten: Tips, activities from Creative Discovery Museum to prepare little ones for school Is your child entering kindergarten this year? Here are a few tips and activities to help them be prepared for their exciting first day at "Big School" from the Creative Discovery Museum.
How the coronavirus pandemic has the potential to revive our relationship with nature A revival is stirring right now; a return to our roots, to our deepest nature.
Free videos, activities for students in kindergarten through 12th grade from Hamilton County Schools A collection of continued learning content developed by Hamilton County Schools educators.
Chattanooga Public Library books Leslie Jordan for second online bedtime story Actor Leslie Jordan, who is documenting his time in quarantine with comical video posts, will collaborate with the Chattanooga Public Library for a second bedtime story set at 6 p.m. Friday, April 24.
Brain Training Tuesdays with LearningRx Chattanooga In a series of videos, LearningRx CEO Kim Hanson performs brain training exercises with children of all ages.
Nature walk your way to art with the Hunter Museum of American Art The Hunter Museum of American Art is temporarily closed to the public but still encouraging an artistic quarantine with a free Facebook Live on Wednesday, April 22, at 2 p.m.
Read with Chattanooga Football Club every Tuesday Chattanooga Football Club has launched the online reading program "Read with CFC" in which team players will read children's books online every Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Chattanooga grassroots organization to host virtual 'Earth Week' in lieu of Earth Day march This year, amid coronavirus concerns, environmental organizations must forgo Earth Day marches and festivals.
Seven podcasts for stir-crazy kids The debate over how much screen time is healthy for children has been effectively obliterated by the coronavirus crisis. But if you're seeking an alternative, look to podcasts.
Culinary Corner with Creative Discovery Museum: 10 recipes for cooking with kids Eating at a restaurant is no longer an option during the coronavirus pandemic, so teach the kids how to cook at home thanks to the Creative Discovery Museum's "Culinary Corner" series.
Free online financial education offered to children, adults through state of Tennessee this month April is Financial Literacy Month, and the The Tennessee Financial Literacy Commissionis offering free online educational modules to help Tennesseans during the coronavirus pandemic.
13 fun and educational websites to keep the kids engaged As more of us are ordered to shelter in our homes during this pandemic, we become all too familiar with kids getting antsy, bored, maudlin, fussy or just downright irritable and hard to live with.
Free download: A family schedule and practical guide to keeping structure during COVID-19 As a parent, you probably are finding it a challenge to manage everything going on at home right now. And you're not alone. First Things First has created an easy-to-follow schedule for your family.
Soddy-Daisy Community Library announces summer reading list, offers curbside service Students on their coronavirus school breaks can get a jump on their summer reading with a list of book recommendations released this week by the Soddy-Daisy Community Library.
Chattanooga Public Library books Leslie Jordan to read a bedtime story online Thursday Actor Leslie Jordan, who is entertaining millions of Instagram followers with his thoughts on the coronavirus, will offer a story suitable for the younger set at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9.
Easter Bunny to postpone some area deliveries. (Please share this news with children.) The Easter Bunny said today that some of his Easter Sunday visits may be delayed this year.
Join virtual spring break with Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, April 7-9 Starting Tuesday, April 7, Girls Inc. of Chattanooga is opening their virtual spring break camp to the community free of charge.
What is a supermoon? Catch this week's supermoon, biggest and brightest of the year A supermoon rises in the sky this week, looking to be the biggest and brightest of the year.
Five ways to stay entertained and healthy (on a budget) while you shelter in place Whether you enjoy exercise, meditation, watching TV or reading, there are several ways to stay happy and healthy while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Look to the list below for budget-friendly ways to stay sane while you are stuck at home.
J.K. Rowling starts 'Harry Potter At Home' for housebound families during COVID-19 pandemic Rowling is hoping a dash of Harry Potter will help families confined to their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
Goodnight with Dolly: Dolly Parton to read bedtime stories online every Thursday night Beginning Thursday, April 2, celebrity Dolly Parton will read bedtime stories online every Thursday night at 7 p.m. until June, she announced on social media this week.
Enter the Dr. Mary Walker art and essay contest in honor of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage In honor of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is holding a special art and essay contest to honor and celebrate Dr. Mary Walker's life and legacy - the first and only women to receive the Medal of Honor.
Video: How can you be a good citizen? This is what Medal of Honor recipients say While the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is closed to the public, the educational center is providing children and families a virtual learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic with its "Adventures in Valor" initiative.
Amazon offers free computer science courses for students online during COVID-19 pandemic Amazon Future Engineer is providing free access to computer science courses for students, teachers and parents while many schools are relying more and more on virtual instruction during the the novel coronavirus pandemic.
A tortoise trek with the Tennessee Aquarium Go on a tortoise "walk-about" and learn a few facts about turtles with an activity book from the Tennessee Aquarium.
Create and send artwork to patients at Siskin Hospital during COVID-19 crisis Due to the coronavirus pandemic and limited visitation at area hospitals, Chattanooga's Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation is asking the community and their children and grandchildren to create "Get Well" artwork for patients.
PBS to air instructional content for Tennessee students several hours every day Starting Monday, April 6, Tennessee's six PBS stations across the state will begin airing six hours of instructional content for children who are out of school due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release from the Tennessee Department of Education.
Science show with Creative Discovery Museum: Great Balls of Fire Get up close and personal with the Great Balls of Fire science show! Hang out with Emily as she conducts a fiery experiment with Lycopodium powder.
Story time with Creative Discovery Museum: There Might Be Lobsters There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi.
Quizzes for kids: Elementary spelling Spelling exercises for grades 3-5.
Quizzes for kids: Elementary science How well do you know elementary science?
Quizzes for kids: Elementary math How well do you know elementary school math?
Quizzes for kids: Elementary geography How well do you know elementary school geography?
Quizzes for kids: Elementary English How well do you know elementary school English?
First Things First: How to deal with life interrupted by coronavirus All of us are beginning to realize that life as we have known it has dramatically changed.