With the kids being at home all day every day during lockdowns is challenging for many parents. It can stressful to continuously find ways to entertain them and burn up their excess energy. Add to that the school holidays! Don't fret as I've got you covered. Here are 8 top ways to keep the little ones occupied and beat the lockdown boredom all the way till November. Best of all, they are FREE.
The largest performing arts venue in Australia brings fun and interactive digital workshops taught by leading artists and musicians to your home. Check out its "The Channel: Home Studio" streaming on demand. Your kids will soon be making their own puppets, writing lyrics, performing magic tricks and doing much more.
FCAC presents a series of digital workshops that help your kids to learn some new skills from different artists. Maya Hodge shares about collaging as an artistic medium; Dylan Singh helps you try your hand at juggling; Dagogo Obogo gets you moving to the hip-hop dance beats; Allara creates music using looped sounds, and Akwasi Osei-Tutu shares more about building onstage confidence. Check them out on this website.
From now till 26 September, your kids can enjoy more than 80 virtual events and experiences that allow them to connect with Victoria's rich natural environment and wildlife, and act for nature from the comfort of your own home. Kids can learn about the Southern Brown Bandicoot and Growling Grass Frogs around Melbourne, watch Penguins on Phillip Island and much more. Visit the website here.
Australia's first science and technology centre outside of a major metropolitan area serves up a series of educational videos to help kids to interact, engage and experiment with science. Check out the Virtual Discovery program.
Are your kids looking to pick up some AFL skills? Western Bulldogs AFL players Taylor Duryea, Ed Richards and Bonnie Toogood are hosting a series of 90-second training sessions that will do just that. Watch the sessions here.
The oldest public library in Australia is also a treasure trove of fun activities for kids to enjoy from home. Pre-schooler kids can go online every Wednesday to explore the wonderful world of science with Playdate at the Library till 24 November.
Kids can get creative thanks to NGV. The oldest and most visited Australian art gallery is providing online resources like classes led by artists and downloadable activity sheets and games to keep the little ones entertained for hours at end. Get on to NGV Kids here.
Can't get enough of animals? Keep juniors entertained with Melbourne Zoo's live streams of giraffes, otters, zebras, snow leopard cubs and penguins. Kids can also enjoy a virtual tour of the zoo and listen to the Zookeepers share their encounters with koalas, tigers, gorillas and more. Visit the website here.