Harrison Family YMCA Keeping “Normal” Options Open Online for Residents!


In a true time of uncertainty, the families of Rocky Mount area can count on a name they’ve always trusted. With regulations including “stay-at-home” orders and social distancing, the Harrison Family YMCA brings some much-needed normalcy. Despite not being open, the Harrison “Y,” is bringing an array of online activities daily to entertain the kids and adults alike.

In this series of articles, we will detail the fun and educational “digital” activities for the youngsters. Additionally, we will touch on the same type of interactive activities the Harrison Family website offers for adults as well. 

Kids of all ages will enjoy and can complete the activities working together!

Keep Them Active and Learning Welcome to the Virtual Activity Room!

With the country and the world for that matter steeped in uncertainty, a bit of normalcy is always welcome. That being said, when it comes to combining fun and educational with a “dash of exercise,” the YMCA has long been an entity to count on.

Consequently, the credo of “counting on them” rings truer locally and presently maybe more now than ever.The Harrison Family YMCA has always provided fun, educational options for the community. Now during uncertain times they do this again. by introducing Virtual Activity Rooms. 

The Virtual Activity Rooms are much as they sound like, a classroom that your kids (or people of any age, actually) can enjoy some of the fun activities synonymous with the Harrison Family YMCA. In this case, the Rocky Mount location is dedicating the Virtual Activity Room to the youngsters a few times a week. To do this, they are adding interactive videos that you can see at your own convenience. 

The Harrison Family YMCA has different themes for different days to keep your children busy. We will briefly explain each of these below.

Mindfulness Mondays: Harrison Family YMCA Keeping Them Sharp in Mind and Body!

Once introducing their Virtual Activity Rooms, the first one is “Mindfulness Mondays.” According to their introduction of these videos, the Harrison YMCA said the following.

“This page is for our Mindfulness Monday Activities, which include things to keep kids learning and using their minds such as yoga, mindfulness sessions, emotion management, reading, and more.” Staying true to their word and to keeping the kids “mindful,” they have released several videos in this area. Those have showed the kids a fun a-home”time capsule activity, yoga, and a do-it-yourself project to make “fidgets.”

There will be a new “Mindfulness Mondays” video released each Monday. You can see these and all the previous activities at this link harrisonfamilyy.org.

The kids learn to be healthy both physically and mentally through the “virtual” programs.

Tuesdays are All About the “Tots!”

Beginning April 20, the Harrison Family YMCA introduces “Tots Tuesdays.” This area the “virtual” school available also has all the videos from previous weeks available. Obviously given the name, this area is for a slightly younger demographic. Likewise, there is new material here each Tuesday.

In the videos released for the “tots,” they have also concentrated on both physical and mental improvement in these fun -filled activities. The initial video under “Tots Tuesdays” was an animal-themed aerobic workout, called “Animal Bonanza!” Then comes an enjoyable tutorial to help learning the ABC’s, “Alphabet Fun.”

“Try Something New?” That’s the name of the game on Thursday’s with Harrison Family YMCA

The Harrison Family YMCA has. third day of the week for its interactive learning. That day is Thursdays. To be specific, they call these, “Try Something New Thursday.” In these activities, slightly older children are the man focus.

Each week so far has had a new “tutorial” on Thursday’s. In the first week, kids make “fireworks in a jar.” Next up among activities from what can be described as the virtual “science lab” area, is making edible play dough. Keeping much variety in the lessons, the third week taught the guys and girls some rythym , as they learned to sing “Camp Song.”

There are even science lessons and projects for the kids to enjoy from the Virtual Acivity Rooms.

Being Fit While Having Fun For All Ages

In our next post, we will continue our series on the “Virtual Activity Rooms” available from the Harrison Family YMCA. There we will look at several other exercise programs aimed at the kids. Likewise, we will also in this series touch on the “virtual” rooms available for teens. Lastly we will show the available videos for adults. To see more on all of these activities, visit harrisonfamilyy.org.