Let’s have a Social Distancing Egg Hunt!

With local egg hunts canceled, the virtual version is based on a similar concept.

High Country Residents are encouraged to create artwork eggs of any sort and place them in your windows for children to spot. Families can travel around in their car and go on an egg hunt. Thanks to ASU Professor, Trudy Moss, for this excellent idea!

Are you in? Help spread the word.

Dolly Parton will read bedtime stories to kids

“Goodnight with Dolly” is premiering this Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Everyone’s favorite Book Lady is bringing children and families everywhere just what they need during a time of unrest. Goodnight with Dolly is a 10-week special series of weekly videos featuring Dolly Parton reading select Imagination Library books.

Goodnight with Dolly launches on April 2, with the hope that this gift will further inspire a love of books and shared storytime during this important period. The weekly read-aloud series features several of the Imagination Library’s wonderful books including “The Little Engine That Could.” Watty Piper’s classic tale of a determined little engine has been an inspiration to generations. This year marks the 90th Anniversary of “The Little Engine That Could.” For many years the story has been a source of inspiration for Dolly and it is the welcome book that all newly registered children in the United States and Canada receive when they sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Dolly hopes this series of stories will provide comfort and reassurance to coping kids and families during the shelter-in-place mandates.

Cincinnati Zoo Offers Home Safari Resources

As reported on their website, Cincinnati Zoo is helping make your children’s hiatus from school fun and educational.

They invite all families for a Home Safari Facebook Live each day at 3pm EDT where they will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home.

If your family does not have social media or cannot watch every day at 3pm, then all videos will be uploaded to their YouTube channel.

Introducing BRAHM at Home

Our friends at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum have an exciting announcement. They are introducing BRAHM at Home.

Families can stay engaged virtually with the museum. To continue to connect with the High Country community, they have launched BRAHM at Home.

This new online initiative features a variety of artistic challenges, deep-dives, unique gallery tours, program highlights, and youth engagement. They aim to provide some creative light to these uncertain and challenging times.

Enjoy and be sure to follow BRAHM on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to connect with #BRAHMatHome

Please note: The Museum will remain closed until it is deemed safe to gather in public. Check BlowingRockMuseum.org for any changes.

Free One-of-a-Kind Learning Experience from Disney Imagineers

We are sharing ideas that families can do at home during this time of social distancing. Disney Imagineers recently released this “Imagineering in a Box” series.

Josh Gorin, Creative Development Executive with Walt Disney Imagineering, wrote on Disney Parks Blog that Imagineering in a Box is a series of interactive lessons in theme park design and engineering, designed to give a behind-the-scenes peek into Imagineering’s development process. It combines 32 videos of actual Imagineers, real-world case studies, and lots of interactive activities to give you the opportunity to dream and design your very own theme park experience!

With so many families at home together right now, the Imagineering team thought this would be an especially useful time to share this program with you. It’s available to all and completely free.

How are you using this program? Use #Disney, #BetterTogether and #ImagineeringinaBox on Instagram and tag @WaltDisneyImagineering to let Walt Disney know.

WCNC Meteorologist Live Weather School

Each day at 1:00 pm EDT, Meteorologists from WCNC Charlotte will be doing a 1-hour school presentation about the weather, forecasting, severe weather safety and tornadoes.

If you miss a presentation, WCNC has created a playlist for viewing at any time. This is geared towards 2nd-8th grade but all grade levels are welcome to enjoy and even some adults.

WCNC Charlotte Weather School can be seen live on wcnc.com, the WCNC mobile news app, the WCNC Charlotte Facebook page, the WCNC Charlotte YouTube page, on Periscope and Twitter, and on our new Twitch channel.

PBS KIDS Offers Free Resources

As many schools across the country are closing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty looms as children prepare to educate their children from home. To alleviate the stress, PBS KIDS announced they will be sharing a daily email newsletter with educational activities for parents and children. These activities will keep children engaged and ensure both learning and playtime during this uncertain time. An example of today’s newsletter can be found below. Sign up for the newsletter here.

In addition to the daily newsletter, PBS KIDS has a variety of resources for parents and their children when it comes to the COVID-19 including tips for parents on how to talk to children about COVID-19, such as:
– Share age appropriate facts and keep it simple
– Assure children they are safe
– Emphasize simple things your family can do to be “germ busters” such as washing your hands and practicing healthy habits

Additionally, PBS KIDS has shared tips for how parents and children can de-stress during this time of uncertainty. Some tips include:
Deep breathing exercising
Turn down the fireHOSE to manage stress

Free Day Camp for Kids with Autism

Now in its tenth year, Camp Crinkleroot is taking applications for campers and siblings of campers. Space is limited!

The theme of this year’s camp is “technology” and various activities throughout the day will be interactive, creative and highly fun. The Spring 2020 camp is scheduled for April 24th-26 (daytime only) at Camp Sky Ranch in Blowing Rock.

The focus of Spring Camp is to provide a short break for parents/caregivers and to encourage friendship building for campers in a supportive, fun and interactive environment. Siblings are invited to attend spring camp and there will be special activities designed to support their needs as well.

February is Heart Disease Month

According to the CDC website, “Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often.” Also, another fact is heart disease is the #1 cause of death in women. A woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States. Heart attack symptoms in women are likely to be different from those experienced by men.

Our friends at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System have created this infographic to bring more awareness to heart disease symptoms in women.

Please click here to download or print the infographic to share with family and friends.

Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment Spring Sale {Giveaway}

*Giveaway closed – Congratulations to Angie Barber!

Have you heard the news? Wee-Cycle has a new location at Tanger Outlets in Blowing Rock for their Spring Sale!

Opening day is this Friday, February 7, at 10:00 a.m.

As a way of saying “thanks” for serving in area schools, Wee-Cycle invites all teachers to join the fun at the pre-sale on Thursday, February 6 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.). Please bring your teacher ID (from Watauga, Ashe, Avery, and surrounding counties – includes pre-schools and child development centers).

Enjoy shopping at the Spring sale which includes thousands of CHILDREN’S items in a wide variety of clothing, shoes, books, games, toys, large outside toys, furniture, and more!

To help kick-off the sale, we are hosting a giveaway for a $35.00 gift certificate to use at the sale this month. Please share this blog post on social media outlets and leave a comment in the below comments section of where you shared the post. Leave one comment for each share. We will close the giveaway at 5:00 p.m EST on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Good luck!