Parent Resource Guide

Updated Friday, September 11, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards recently announced Louisiana will move into Phase 3 Re-Opening. While this is very encouraging, Knock Knock will continue to remain closed for the immediate future.  We are cautiously optimistic Knock Knock will be able to re-open our 18 Learning Zones for hands-on, imaginative play, but we will not rush into that decision. Once we review all the information available, including the Governor’s Phase 3 Re-Opening Guidelines, we will make an informed decision and announce our re-opening plans.

Our focus continues to be on the safety and well-being of our visitors and our staff, and that includes being able to safely and effectively utilize our 18 Learning Zones for interactive play the way they were intended.  Although safety is our number one priority, it is not the only aspect of the current situation that factors into our re-opening decision. We are also looking at the economic viability of re-opening in a limited capacity and how that might impact the financial health of Knock Knock in the future. 

We cannot wait to welcome back children and grown-ups alike to play with a purpose here at Knock Knock. We have been preparing for more than six months, so when the time is right, we will be ready to play, create, and explore! 

For all the latest information on our re-opening plans, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. You can also sign up for our text message service, members text “MEMBER” to 63975; non-members text “KNOCKKNOCK” to 63975 (Text and data rates may apply).

For a while now, Ms. Tammy has been playing “Freight Train” by Elizabeth Cotton for children. It is appropriate this week and any week.
“To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here, right now.” Fred Rogers

Resources to Talk to Children About Indigenous Peoples Day

Check out these great titles that explore Indigenous voices, which we are adding to our Story Tree Collection, and are part of an exciting NEW project partnered with the Conscious Kid, Line4Line, East Baton Rouge Parish Public Libraries, and East Baton Rouge Parish Public School Libraries. 

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga – by Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac

Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army – by Art Coulson, Nick Hardcastle

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story – by Kevin Noble Maillard, Juana Martinez-Neal

When We Were Alone – Picture Book, by David A. Robertson, Julie Flett

Resources to Talk to Children About Race

Association of Children’s Museum’s Statement

Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News

8 Tips for Talking to Your Child About Racial Injustice

Talking to Children After Racial Incidents

Addressing Racial Injustice with Young Children

Talking About Race

The New York Times: List of Anti-Racism Books for Children

PBS Kids: Talking to Children about Race

PBS Kids: Read along of “You Matter”

Knock Knock at Your Door!

Ms. Tammy has a special message to help us understand why it is important to wear masks when in public. Making your own mask is easier than you think! Share this video with your friends to help everyone stay safe.
Paige shows us how to make stamps from recycled styrofoam! We’d love to see what kind of stamps you make. Share it with us online by using the hashtag #KnockKnockAtYourDoor.

Knock Knock’s Virtual Lesson Plans

Here at Knock Knock, we have been working diligently to offer innovative ways for teachers and parents to experience the wonders of Knock Knock, even from home. With that in mind, this section is designed to provide resources to enhance the learning experience of your students and children.

Teachers are encouraged to incorporate these lesson into their current virtual activities, share it with other educators, or even with parents. These are simple but impactful lesson that utilizes materials that can be found at home.

If you need additional information, please contact Kristin Spencer, Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator at State standard guidelines referenced in these lessons can be found HERE.

Learning Resources

In response to COVID-19, Knock Knock Children’s Museum is creating weekly STEM Activity Kits delivered to over 100 children throughout South and North Baton Rouge. These weekly activities are included as part of Front Yard Bike’s food delivery program in collaboration with the 3 O’Clock Project. Each week, a different activity is provided with all materials and a detailed lesson plan.

Student Feeding Locations in EBR


Mental Health Consultation – Free tele-mental health consultation for parents and caregivers.

COVID-19: Rebounding Throughout the Eyes of our Children with Dr. Stewart Gordon and Cate Heroman. Provided by: Leadership Baton Rouge Alumni

Learning Websites

LPB – At home learning resources and media

Fun Brain – Play games while practicing math and reading skills.

Highlight Kids – Read, conduct science experiments, and play games.

Coding at Home – Free tutorials for children to learn how to code and create projects to share.

Switcheroo Zoo – Learn about animals by watching, listening, and playing games.

Into the Book – Practice reading strategies by going “Into the Book.”

ABC Ya – Practice math and reading skills through games.

We are Teachers – Recommendations for the best websites to assist with teaching and learning math.

Virtual Tours and Activities

Farm Food 360 – Virtual farm tours.

The Metropolitan Opera – Series of free opera streams.

Craft Ideas – Free crafts, ideas, and tutorials.

Kids Gardening – Lesson plans and hands-on activities centered around gardening.

YMCA On-Demand Videos – Your favorite YMCA classes available online.

Learning from Home Made Fun

Stay at Home Care Package – Indoor games, activities, and resources provided by Big Life Journal

History for Kids – Free online history network filled with worksheets, games, and videos.

Hello Kids – printable and online coloring pages, drawing lessons, and crafts.

National Geographic Kids – Brain boosters, videos, and games centered around geographic material.

Imagineering in a Box – Disney sponsored program where children can learn how to build their own world and characters.

Recurring Programs

Virtual Reading with First Lady Donna H. Edwards – Tuesday and Thursdays at 11:00 am

Weather Lessons for Kids with Steve Caparotta (WAFB) – Wednesday and Fridays at 1:00 pm

Kidz Bop Daily Dance Break – Monday through Friday at 2:00 pm

Kennedy Space Center – Space-related lessons held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30 am for younger children and at 1:00 pm for high school students.

Virtual Dance Classes with Debbie Allen – Wednesdays at 3:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm (style of dance vary)