Harmony at Home
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Harmony Family Center is exercising abundant caution to preserve the health and well-being of our staff and those we serve. The Knoxville office and Camp Montvale are closed to visitors now through April 12th. While our physical locations are closed, our virtual office is up and running.
Harmony has created this page to offer resources and support for families during this time.
Select a group below to find resources and activities!
Although the challenge of being out of your routine and unable to be out-and-about can be tough on all families, for families parenting kids with attachment challenges it can be even more trying.
Interested in using all this togetherness as a time to mindfully build attachment? Use this chart, with helpful hints and tips, to help you stay on track using small gestures to create and strengthen attachment with your child.
Free educational and entertaining audiobooks for children and families.
Free virtual tours, games, and activities with the animals at the San Deigo Zoo.
Explore planet Mars with a 360 degree virtual tour with the Curiosity Rover.
Say hello to animal and fish friends with live webcams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Visit the panda's at Zoo Atlanta through their webcam.
Visit 11 different farms with Farm Food 360's virtual tours to learn more about what they grow and raise.
Experience the tundra and learn all about polar bears on a virtual field trip with Discovery Education.
Travel to Houston, Texas in this virtual tour of Johnson Space Center, presented by Boeing and Discovery Education.
Discover the science of manufacturing at our local Arconic plant in Alcoa, Tennessee through this virtual tour.
Visit the Boston Children's Museum and explore the three floors filled with imagination and creativity.
Explore countries around the world through National Geographic's interactive website built just for kids.
Beach Mindfulness Activity
Watch the video below and complete the 5 Senses Mindfulness Activity sheet.
Frozen 2 Sensory Crafts
Have you seen Frozen 2 yet? Join Elsa and Olaf in the snow by creating your own Falling Snow Sensory Bottle and Puffy Snowman!
Howie the Harmony Man
Download and print out Howie the Harmony man, then color and decorate him however you'd like. You can use Howie in a lot of the other activities and resources found on this page!
Harmony at Home Word Search
Download and print this word search to find all of Harmony's animals that live at Montvale!
Harmony at Home: Story Time
This free online resource offers tools for schedules, emotional well-being, learning at home, movement, life skills, and more!
Take a trip together to Paris, France to visit the Louvre and enjoy dozens of virtual exhibit tours.
Walk along the Great Wall of China using your computer and learn about the history and beauty of this world wonder.
Learn and interact with TED talk videos and activities specially curated for families.
Experience virtual tours of museums, 360 degree street views of famous landmarks, and close-up looks at some of the world's best creations.
PBS NOVA Labs
Play games as you explore virtual labs on a variety of science topics.
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Download our Nature Scavenger Hunt checklist to use your five senses to discover items in your own backyard.
Attend Muse Knoxville's virtual networking and fundraising event to support our community’s only non-profit children's STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) museum. The luncheon will take place April 2, 2020 from 11:00am EDT to 1:00 pm EDT. Sign up here.
Go someplace—even your backyard—and walk together in silence, listening for sounds you typically overlook. To enhance the quietest sounds (and make it more fun), you can turn paper cups into amplifiers by cutting holes in the sides of two cups and hooking them over your ears, drinking side facing outward. Although nature is especially relaxing, a listening walk can occur anywhere—even a shopping mall or restaurant.
Ask your children what they would like in a quiet zone. What are some activities that calm them? Find and create a little nook together that allows for this quiet space. Consider all the senses, for example, what textures do your children like (pillows, blankets or chairs), which smells aggravate and which smells calm (experiment with aromatherapy) and what role will sound play (silence, music, or something different)?
Harmony at Home: Family Activities