Our super list of great ideas for kids at home: Winter holiday edition

Engage with Koori culture, NGV activities, must-listen podcasts for tweens and teens - all on our super list of home-based activities for kids of all ages.

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.

Also don’t forget to check out our Winter School Holidays: Our list to help get the family outdoors.

Compiled by Natalie Moutafis.

Early years

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MiniRoos skill challenge
Grab a soccer ball and practice some ball skills with the MiniRoos. Suited from age 4+.

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Baby Bounce
Fun, interactive sessions of stories, songs and rhymes suited to ages 18 months and under.

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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+.

KiwiCo
STEAM, arts, craft, geography, and culture. Suitable for ages 2+. Free DIY at home ideas or you can purchase kits online.

Eco Explorers
A range of early and primary years resources to help engage children in outdoor play and learning.

Sesame Street
A wide range of resources to help your family play, learn and breathe deeply together.

Ikea Forts
Needing inspiration on how to make a fort/cubbyhouse at home? Ikea has released a set of 6 instructions to help you out.

Nature Play
Lists of ideas on how to play in nature with little ones.

Bluey
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.

Beanstalk
Free on-demand educational classes for ages 18 months to 6 years that move children from the screen to the real world.

Playschool
Loads of craft ideas, recipes, and activities available.

Kinderling Kids Radio
Listen anytime for family-friendly music and stories.  The ‘
Mother Tongue’ podcast is also great to learn a few new words.

Storyline Online
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.

Nature Detective
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.

Younger kids

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Origami
Learn some simple origami and make your own lion, butterfly, car or rocket.

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Auskick Activities
Want to practice your footy skills? Try some of the Auskick activities and learn to handball, mark and kick.

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Legoland Junior Model Builder Competition
Suited for ages 5 to 10, the Legoland Discovery Centre is once again on the hunt for Junior Model Builders (Victoria only).

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Koorie Heritage Trust Kids
Engage with Koorie culture through online storytime, colouring sheets (with story), and other activity sheets and animations.

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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.

Crayola
Colouring-in pages, crafts and games.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Activities to do at home inspired by Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Legoland
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.

Hannah Shaw
The Unipiggle author and illustrator has activities and draw-along videos

Billie B Brown
Sally Rippin holiday program, weekly activities (age 4+).

Audible
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.

GoNoodle
Mindfulness and movement classes created by child development experts.

Cosmic Kids Yoga
Available via YouTube or their app.

Nomster Chef
Online recipe library with illustrations to get kids excited about cooking.

Mind Snacks
App games to learn a new language.

Hoffman Academy
Learn to play the piano online (free trial).

Children’s Museum of South Dakota – Recipes for Play
Craft, yoga, baking and more.

Tate Kids
Crafts, quizzes and games and videos.

Older Kids

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Build an imaginary landscape
The State Library of Victoria has plenty of activities online including this virtual workshop with author and illustrator Tai Snaith.

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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.

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International Art Competition
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.

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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.

The Ickabog 
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.

Seussville
Explore the world of Dr Seuss.

Stories in the Wall
Original audio stories from Victorian primary students.

Puzzle Games
A treasure trove of online puzzles and board games.

Arnott’s Biscuits
Arnott’s are releasing home inspired recipes to some of your favourite biscuits.

Meredith Gaston
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.

Bananagrams
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).

Rebel Girls
Activities and podcast episodes plus free digital journal.

Harry Potter
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.

Tinkerlab
Art, science and craft/creativity.

Guitar Lessons
Three months of free guitar lessons with Fender.

Quick Draw
Online style Pictionary – test your drawing skills against Google.

Jamie Oliver and Buddy
Cooking lessons.

Art for Kids Hub
Learn how to paint and draw (various ages).

Scratch
Create stories, games, and animations.

Girls Who Code
Some at-home activities for anyone interested in learning to code.

Met Kids
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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nikon Live
Take a photography course, hear from photographers as they discuss their most powerful images, and learn all things photography.

Ubisoft Games
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.

Headhunt@Home 
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.

Rachel Castle
Free colouring-in downloads from the artist with a sunny disposition.

Laura Blyhthman
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

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