At home family activities
Information and support for families
Our Local Offer contains a wealth of information for parents, children and young people.
You can speak to our Family Information Service, open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Tel: 020 7364 6495 or 020 7364 6398
Covid-19 child-friendly information
Mental health and wellbeing
Education and learning
Resources for children with special educational needs
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Concerts and music documentaries
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Films, documentaries, shorts and box-sets
Animals, zoos and farms
Watch animals in their habitats live. From very active penguins, to tigers, koalas, pandas and many more.
Museum tours and activities
Bring museums and galleries into your home, there are a wide variety of online exhibitions.
Activities for you and your toddler or young child
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- Boogie Beebies gets younger children up and dancing with CBeebies presenters
- Disney 10 Minute Shakeups are 10-minute activities based on Disney films
- Super Movers help children move while they learn whilst supporting curriculum subjects, including maths and English.
- imoves wants to help keep primary aged children as active as possible by offering free access to their improvement platform.
- #ThisIsPE videos by teachers focussing on the PE curriculum
- Fitness Blender suitable for secondary school students
- Youth Sport Trust have put together a list of free to use resources which can help support home activity.
- Chisenhale Dance Space have a range of online dance sessions for kids 18 months+. Book your place and get moving
- Body Coach Joe Wicks is a 30 minutes PE lesson at 9am every weekday and then available on YouTube
- Cosmic Kids Yoga – yoga and mindfulness for children
- Family Dance Workshops by Sadler’s Wells feature 10 different movement activities for children aged 2 to 6 years to follow at home
- Mamma Method are offering daily Livestream baby-weaning pilates classes and a Yoga & Stretch session you can join in with from your living room
- NHS Fitness Studio offers a range of online exercise videos between ten and 45 minutes long
- Stay in, work out from Sport England offers tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home
- Stretched Mums is offering a packed weekly schedule of live online yoga classes to enjoy during lockdown
- My Ballet Academy Online ballet classes for children and young people
- London Sport have put together a range of free or low-cost physical activity offers
- Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign has teamed up with Disney to create fun dance routines to help parents get their kids active while listening to the songs they love.
- Go Noodle movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts
- Sign up to Healthy Futures to receive weekly food and exercise log, sporting challenge cards such as active monopoly, plus daily exercise videos to help keep your children active from Healthy Futures
- KidsRunFree upload daily videos of games and activities that families can play together to help stay, fit and healthy.
- The Lord’s Taverners have launched a free online hub aimed at disadvantaged and disabled young people. It's designed to increase physical activity and help with mental wellbeing amid the coronavirus pandemic
- Gymrun videos combine both body bodyweight movements and short periods of running with seven sequenced exercises
- UK Active have partnered with Nike to launch Move Crew, a programme developed with teachers, PE Specialists, elite athletes, kids and coaches
- Poplar Union has a Family Art Club
- Bad Drawing Club at the South London Gallery takes place every Thursday at 3.30pm and is open to all.
- Our Community Centres Unlocked running live activities such as yoga, fitness, healthy eating, crafts, digital inclusion courses, and activities for children.
- Tate Kids has an almost endless supply of fun at-home arty activities
- Colour your own 'thank you' to NHS staff poster
- The Royal Academy of Arts have loads of creative projects
- Museum of London has lots of fun home-learning ideas
- Science Museum website has activities including making your own planes and rocket mice, embarking on a virtual museum trip, fun with bubbles and ear gongs, and creating a magnetic maze
- Museum of the home want to document how our home lives have changed during the coronavirus pandemic in the UK. This new national collecting project will form part of the Museum of the Home's extensive Documenting Homes archive
- Kneehigh Theatre challenges. Creative challenges to make and share: Let your sitting room be your stage. Your kitchen be your props store
- Mousetrap Theatre’s #EveryHomeATheatre challenge will give you the opportunity to get your whole household involved in some theatre-based fun and creative learning
- Centre for Puppetry Arts workshops, museum tours and puppet shows
- Spotlight Online is a programme of daily instagram challenges, competitions, tutorials and activities suitable for young people aged 11-19.
- Lego are streaming live build at home sessions
- The Yard Theatre post digital makers guild to inspire creativity.
- THAMES (Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service) Summer Singing Challenge
- The Southbank Centre is a great resource for accessing art, music, culture and creativity.
- Bromley By Bow Centre have created a ‘virtual playhouse’, with different rooms and activities to explore
- Stay inspired with First site’s activity packs, featuring contributions from UK artists including, Anthony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Gillian Wearing and more
- National Geographic Kids allows ou to explore the world
- Project Exporer- watch videos from around the globe
- Mind Stretchers have created a virtual nature school with the aim of connecting children and their families to nature, even if you can’t get outside