Become a junior penguin keeper, train with sports stars in your backyard, find inspiration at the Melbourne Writers Festival - all new on our popular super list of home-based activities for kids of all ages. There's something exciting for everyone.
Looking for fun and engaging activities you can do at home? Here’s our growing list of ideas from around the world to keep kids of all ages – and adults – entertained and engaged.
We’ve grouped these loosely into age-appropriate content, however, you’ll find some will suit varying ages, so be sure to check them all out.
And let us know of any other resources – we’ll add them to the growing list. Contact us with the details via email.
Compiled by Natalie Moutafis.
Free downloadable resources to help encourage reading and comprehension suited for ages 4+.
Teeny Tiny Stevies
Every parent’s favourite kids band have activities including paper aeroplanes, dot-to-dot, colouring-in and rainbow food charts. Also, check out some of the fun videos while you are there.
Emma’s Bowtiful Ballet Studio
Learn ballet with your Wiggle instructor Emma!
MiniRoos skill challenge
Grab a soccer ball and practice some ball skills with the MiniRoos. Suited from age 4+.
Fun, interactive sessions of stories, songs and rhymes suited to ages 18 months and under.
Museum of Contemporary Art Kids
Adventure through the artworks at the MCA and be inspired by Australian artists with these 5 free online activities suited to ages 4+.
STEAM, arts, craft, geography, and culture. Suitable for ages 2+. Free DIY at home ideas or you can purchase kits online.
A range of early and primary years resources to help engage children in outdoor play and learning.
A wide range of resources to help your family play, learn and breathe deeply together.
Needing inspiration on how to make a fort/cubbyhouse at home? Ikea has released a set of 6 instructions to help you out.
Lists of ideas on how to play in nature with little ones.
Everyone’s favourite Blue Heeler family have colouring-in and crafts to enjoy.
Playgroup at Home
Ideas for fun at home or in the backyard.
Free on-demand educational classes for ages 18 months to 6 years that move children from the screen to the real world.
Loads of craft ideas, recipes, and activities available.
Books read by famous people.
The Kid Should See This
Over 4000 kid-friendly videos for curious minds.
Red Ted Art
Cute and easy crafts for kids.
Some simple ideas to take to the backyard.
The Imagination Tree
Craft and invitation to play ideas.
Backyard scavenger hunt
Make your own or use this one to start.
Junior Penguin Keeper
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is on the hunt for Junior Penguin Keepers. If you love animals or are interested in exploring a career in marine biology or zoology this program is for you!
Have fun with activities featuring your favourite characters from the May Gibbs world.
Free printables based on the game to have fun with words.
An interactive generative art game for creating symmetrical art.
Virgin Galactic Kids Corner
Space themed activities and colouring-in pages for kids stuck at home.
Kids Guitar Zone
Learn Guitar with professional guitarist and teacher Andrew Keppie.
Learn some simple origami and make your own lion, butterfly, car or rocket.
Want to practice your footy skills? Try some of the Auskick activities and learn to handball, mark and kick.
Koorie Heritage Trust Kids
Engage with Koorie culture through online storytime, colouring sheets (with story), and other activity sheets and animations.
Choosing for children: A movie guide
A comprehensive list of movies including a list by age and rating to suit the whole family.
The Sound of Music Crafting Corner
Musical crafts and activities inspired by The Sound of Music.
Colouring-in pages, crafts and games.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Activities to do at home inspired by Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Live stream workshops each week along with downloadable activity packs.
NGV Kids at Home
Providing creative experiences for children and families at home.
V&A Museum of Childhood
Art and craft activities for all ages.
Claris the Mouse
Storytime with author Megan Hess, printables, craft, characters and more.
Dreamworks Activity Centre
Activities, recipes, music, colouring and more of all your favourite movies.
Draw Like Disney
A Disney Parks artist will take you through how to draw some of your favourite Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Anna from Frozen, Tinker Bell, Winne the Pooh, and more.
Hachette Australia Activity Sheets
The book publisher has book-based activity sheets available to download for all ages.
The Unipiggle author and illustrator has activities and draw-along videos
Billie B Brown
Sally Rippin holiday program, weekly activities (age 4+).
All kids’ books are available for free.
Goodnight with Dolly
Dolly Parton reads bedtime stories from the Imagination Library.
The Dad Lab
Art, craft and science activities.
Lunch Doodle with Mo Willems
Learn to draw with author and illustrator Mo Willems, presented by The Kennedy Centre
PE with Joe Wicks
Daily 30 minute PE classes.
Mindfulness and movement classes created by child development experts.
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Available via YouTube or their app.
Online recipe library with illustrations to get kids excited about cooking.
App games to learn a new language.
Learn to play the piano online (free trial).
Children’s Museum of South Dakota – Recipes for Play
Craft, yoga, baking and more.
Crafts, quizzes and games and videos.
Rebel Backyard Rookies
Missing your team sports training? Join some of your favourite sports stars for workouts in your own backyard.
Twinkl Augmented Reality
Wondering what an African Elephant looks like up close? Try these quick look 3D and AR models to find out using your Apple iOS device to see it in the ‘real world’.
Wanting to challenge your mathematical skills further? This site has printable puzzles, worksheets and games looking for an extra challenge.
Girl Geek Academy
The (free!) forums are run every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6 PM and are safely monitored by the Girl Geek Academy team for anyone interested in technology and making new friends.
Draw Together with Wendy Mac
These 30-minute classes include a warm-up exercise and a how-to lesson (and sometimes dancing)
The James Dyson Foundation
Download the free challenge cards created by Dyson engineers for inquisitive minds excited by engineering.
Famous artworks turned into digital games.
Legoland Workshop Live Stream
To celebrate the arrival of the King penguin chicks at Sea Life Melbourne, Legoland are hosting a workshop to build these fluffy friends out of lego. Download the activity pack and join the fun. Check out the other upcoming workshops scheduled while you are there too.
International Art Competition (entries close 9 August 2020)
The ‘My World At Home’ art competition is free to enter and open to artists aged 5 to 18 years of age across three age groups. Artists must create an image that relates to what life looks like for them within their home at the moment.
Colouring with Ken Done
Iconic Australian artist Ken Done has a mindful colouring-in activity sheet, along with various age-appropriate worksheets to suit all age groups.
The Lion King Experience
An immersive program you can download (suits ages 8 – 15) that explores the many aspects of theatre-making.
Play at Home
A collection of kid-friendly plays written to be performed by or for young people and to be enjoyed by humans of all ages.
JK Rowling’s new free story, updated weekly online. Includes illustration competition.
James and the Giant Peach
Award-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi reads Roald Dahl’s book with celebrity friends like Chris Hemsworth, Meryl Streep, and Cate Blanchett.
Explore the world of Dr Seuss.
Stories in the Wall
Original audio stories from Victorian primary students.
A treasure trove of online puzzles and board games.
Arnott’s are releasing home inspired recipes to some of your favourite biscuits.
The author and illustrator shares colouring-in activities.
Kerrie Hess Watercolour Lessons
Learn to paint watercolours with artist Kerrie Hess, free weekly lessons upon sign up.
Printable activities based on the popular game, updated weekly.
Little Angel Theatre
Puppetry productions, storytime, and puppetry craft and activities (suit up to age 11).
Activities and podcast episodes plus free digital journal.
Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter, plus wizarding craft, fun, videos, quizzes, puzzles, and plenty more.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
You can now add artworks from the Getty Museum to your Animal Crossing game for free (note: may require the purchase of the Nintendo Switch app).
Digital Technologies Challenge
30 days of different challenges relating to technology.
Art, science and craft/creativity.
Three months of free guitar lessons with Fender.
Online style Pictionary – test your drawing skills against Google.
Jamie Oliver and Buddy
Art for Kids Hub
Learn how to paint and draw (various ages).
Create stories, games, and animations.
Girls Who Code
Some at-home activities for anyone interested in learning to code.
Videos, a virtual time machine.
Dav Pilkey at Home
Illustrating lessons from Captain Underpants and Dog Man author Dav Pilkey.
NASA at Home
Activities, videos and more.
Teens and adults
Melbourne Writers Festival
The full digital program is now live, running 7 – 16 August. A kids section for ages 5 and up, teens and older. Bookings are available to stream the sessions, with many available under a ‘pay what you can’ system.
The best music festival to never happen!
INTROart online art classes
These free classes run ‘live’ but you can catch up later if you miss it.
Write your music scores online and share with friends.
NASA 3D Models
Have a 3D printer at home? Try out some of these NASA printable models.
Board Game Arena
Over 100 well-known and new board games to play online.
Hour of Code
A global movement, Hour of Code has over 500+ one-hour tutorials for all ages and experience levels, you can create a dance party, build a galaxy, or create your own Google logo.
Tunnel to the other side of the world
This very cool interactive map shows you where you’d end up if you dug straight through the earth. Have a play with not only your home city but some famous ones and see where you’d end up.
Virtual Summer Camp
Virtual summer camp classes for free. Suited for ages 5 to 18 with courses covering creating an iMovie, learn to play chess, illustration, cooking and plenty more.
Take a photography course, hear from photographers as they discuss their most powerful images, and learn all things photography.
Game developer Ubisoft has released free games to download including the popular Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tours. Explore ancient Greece and Egypt learning about the region and famous members of the societies.
The Amazing Face
A 14-day portraiture class from The National Portrait Gallery where at the end of the 14 days participants are encouraged to create their own portrait.
The National Portrait Gallery is launching its interactive app that allows children (ages 5-15) to virtually explore the Portrait Gallery.
The Met – Drop-in Drawing
New York’s The Met is hosting Drop-in Drawing classes. They post a source photo and guide you through the class.
The Typing Club
Learn touch typing for free.
Pixar in a Box
Behind the scenes look at how Pixar movies are made.
Kids Think Design
Information about design careers.
Free colouring-in downloads from the artist with a sunny disposition.
Downloadable (small fee – various price points available) activity book.
Discover a new podcast
A top ten list to get you started.
Stop Motion Studio
Download the app and make a stop motion movie.
Mindful Month – Smiling Mind
Free mindfulness app. Do the month-long challenge to help establish positive mental health practices.
Virtual cultural experiences – tours of museums, galleries, parks, zoos and streaming performances
- Bangarra Dance Theatre Australia
- Melbourne International Jazz Festival
- Queensland Art GOMA
- Kakadu National Park
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
- Twelve Apostles Marine Park
- Madame Tussauds
- Australian Sports Museum
- Phillip Island Penguins
- Melbourne International Film Festival
- Melbourne Theatre Company
- Opera Australia
- Australian Reptile Park
- Australian Ballet
- Australian Chamber Orchestra
- Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
- Arts Centre Melbourne
- Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
- Melbourne Zoo
- National Gallery of Victoria
- State Library of Victoria
- Queensland Museum
- Sealife Sydney Aquarium
- Museums Victoria
- Sydney Opera House
- National Theatre
- Tate Modern
- The National Portrait Gallery
- The Courtauld Gallery of Art
- The National Gallery
- The British Museum
- The Anne Frank House, Amsterdam
- The Louvre, Paris
- Picasso Museum, Barcelona
- Acropolis, Greece
- Palace of Versailles, France
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
- The Eiffel Tower, Paris
- Smithsonian Science Education Centre, Washington DC
- Hawai’i Volcanoes, Hawai’i
- Arches National Park, Utah
- The Guggenheim Museum, New York
- Smithsonian Natural History Museum, New York
- The Met, New York
- Museum of Modern Art, New York
- Metropolitan Opera, New York
- The Dali Museum, Florida
- Yosemite National Park, California
- Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
- Katami National Park, Alaska
- Houston Zoo, Texas
- Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
- San Diego Zoo, California
- Kennedy Space Centre, Florida
- Northern Lights, Canada
Rest of the World
- The National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico
- Ghibli Museum, Japan
- Great Wall of China, China
- Machu Picchu, Peru
- Taj Mahal, India
- Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
Out of this World