Activities Kids Can Do at Home – Fun, Affordable Easy Ideas & Inspiration
Help the kids have fun at home with these easy indoor and outdoor activities using simple household items, pantry staples, recycled materials and a little bit of imagination!
As families stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19, with the cancellation of countless upcoming events and travel at a standstill, we hope these ideas will come in handy for the days and weeks ahead, especially during the school holidays in April. Keep the boredom at bay with:
♥️ Indoor Play
♥️ Backyard Fun
ABC Kids Games
ABC Kids has a fabulous website with loads of free kids entertainment. Go Getters, PJ Masks, Hey Duggee, Peppa Pig and Sesame Street games are all included. Find out more here.
Google 3D Animals
Google augmented reality lets you meet life-sized animals up close through your phone – simply Google an animal to view in 3D and your camera will place the animal in your living room, kitchen or out in the garden – wherever you point your phone camera! Read more here.
Mountain Goat Mountain Audio-led Theatre Experience
Aimed at families with young children (aged five years and older) who miss going to the theatre, Mountain Goat Mountain is an interactive storytelling journey.
Through a series of activities that help families set up and step into their own magical imaginative world, participants will find themselves crawling through tunnels, crossing lava pits and swimming through underwater caves – all without leaving home. Find out more here.
LEGOLAND Weekly Challenge
Participate in a new Weekly Challenge series from Legoland Melbourne, where each week they have awesome challenges for you and your little ones to complete at home. Find out more here.
Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
Visit the virtual Harry Potter themed Digital Escape Room. You can complete this escape room on your own or in a group. You can compete against friends and try it multiple times. CLICK HERE to play.
Harry Potter at Home
J.K. Rowling along with Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic, introduce Harry Potter At Home to help children, parents, carers and teachers add a touch of Harry Potter magic to their new daily lives. CLICK HERE for more info.
NASA at Home
NASA has launched a “NASA at Home” website so that kids can explore space from home. There’s fun games, videos and even a tour of the ISS. Read more here.
Explore the world on a virtual excursion
Explore art, sculpture, museum pieces and even visit places like The Louvre, The Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. Read more here.
Words with Friends
A popular mobile word puzzle game, you can challenge your friends and improve your spelling skills at the same time. The app is free to download and there are different versions to choose from.
See the Animals at Adelaide Zoo & Monarto Safari Park
Zoos SA are bringing the animals to you in their livestream videos. Watch Adelaide Zoo’s Giant Pandas Fu Ni and Wang Wang, and Monarto Safari Park’s Southern White Rhino Ibutho and the Chimpanzee troop. CLICK HERE for more info
hub – a new online space for SA’s young people
South Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, has launched hub – a new virtual space created especially for young people. hub is a place for young South Australians to ‘visit, hang out, keep up to date, have a say, and connect’ with other young South Australians their age. CLICK HERE for more info
SA Public Libraries Online Story Time
SA Public Libraries have collated online Story Time sessions from various public libraries and saved them to their YouTube channel so children can read, sing, dance and play at home. There’s hours of free entertainment. CLICK HERE for more info
National Geographic Kids Free Digital Editions
National Geographic Kids have made access to their digital edition absolutely FREE for the next three months. CLICK HERE for more info
Australian Ballet Performances
The Australian Ballet’s free cinema-quality digital season brings full length performances to Australians at home. CLICK HERE for more info
Message from a Princess from Once Upon a Princess
A personalised video message direct from the royal palace. Surprise your little Princess with a personalised video message from their favourite Royal Princess. CLICK HERE for more info
Elevenses with The World of David Walliams
The World of David Walliams is releasing an audio story from The World’s Worst Children every day for the next 30 days. CLICK HERE for more info
Cirque du Soleil
Watch #CirqueConnect Cirque du Soleil KURIOS, “O” & LUZIA Special online. CLICK HERE for more info
Sam Wood Free Live Workouts
Free Live Workouts at Home with Sam Wood including kids workouts. CLICK HERE for more info
Audible are offering free book streaming for kids. CLICK HERE for more info
Stay Connected with Video Calls
Social Apps like Facetime, Houseparty & Zoom are a popular way to catch up with family & friends online. CLICK HERE for more info
You can also see our list of Screen Free Activities here for when screen time is over!
Check out more ideas here:
♥️ Indoor Play
♥️ Backyard Fun
Have an idea not listed here? Please feel free to share it with us so other families can enjoy it too. Just email us at email@example.com or comment below.
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