We can get out more, but there's still lots of time at home. Here's our growing super list of resources to keep kids of all ages (including big kids) engaged and entertained while they are at home – Lego workshops, classic biscuit recipes, Australia's sporting treasures, and more.
We might be able to get out more, but there’s still plenty of time at home. Here’s our growing list of ideas to keep the 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.
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.
Books read by famous people.
The Kid Should See This
Special coronavirus section and loads of other fun videos.
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.
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.
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.
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. Suess.
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
Weekly lessons from Captain Underpants and Dog Man author Dav Pilkey.
NASA at Home
Activities, videos and more.
Teens and adults
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
The National Portrait Gallery is launching a 14-day online portraiture class where at the end of 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.
Colouring in sheets.
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.
Virtual cultural experiences – tours of museums, galleries, zoos and streaming performances
- NEW! 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 Louvre, Paris
- Picasso Museum, Barcelona
- Acropolis, Greece
- Palace of Versailles, France
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
- The Eiffel Tower, Paris
- 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
- NEW! Ghibli Museum, Japan
- Great Wall of China, China
- Machu Picchu, Peru
- Taj Mahal, India
- Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
Out of this World