Online Activities for Kids
Self-isolation doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected. Make the most of the school holidays and weekends, with an exciting range of virtual and online experiences. Enrol the kids in a course, get creative with arts and crafts or take part in sports and activities at home.
The school holidays and weekends are a great time for learning, and a good opportunity for kids to pick up different skills that they may not learn during term time. There are lots of great online resources, with many companies offering holiday programmes.
Speaking Schools has online public speaking and debating courses for children from years 1-9. The programmes range from teaching key presentation skills to younger kids, to experienced debating workshops for high school students.
Merlin Entertainments, who own a number of Sydney attractions including SEA LIFE Aquariums and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo have launched Merlin’s Education Toolbox, a free education resource portal, featuring a variety of worksheets, activities and videos.
Inspired by their attractions, kids can learn about the food web, conservation and animal life-cycles and more, with specific activities designed to meet the needs of various school stages. There is also a ‘Just for Fun’ section which is perfect for school holidays, featuring zoo colouring sheets and animal themed craft-making.
You can also watch the animals being fed via online streams at both SEA LIFE Aquariums, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, and many other Sydney and NSW zoos.
Kids can visit Sydney Olympic Park virtually via Sydney Olympic Park LIVE, a digital hub of curriculum-based school programs and virtual lessons focused on Geography, Science, History and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures.
The Australian Maritime Museum has fantastic online resources, featuring everything from online exhibitions and online teaching resources to digital games and activities. Take a virtual tour of the HMB Endeavour, go back in time and join a convict vessel in the Voyage Game and learn about Britain’s migrant children.
Exercises For Kids
Gecko Sports is offering on demand interactive weekly sports and fitness classes for children from 5-18 years old, helping the kids of Australia stay active, healthy and happy at home. Young kids from age 1-6 can join Happy Feet @ Home – themed health and fitness classes delivered online in an engaging and interactive way.
If you have a baby, you can join BabyROO – an online series showing you how to play with your baby to help brain and body development – featuring baby massages, dances, exercises, songs and more.
Sydney artist Ken Done has a range of online activities for visual arts for kids. There are worksheets for three school-age brackets: years three to six; seven to eight; and nine to eleven with creative tasks included painting, drawing and t shirt design. Explore the Museum of Contemporary Art’s online resources, where kids can view exhibitions, get involved in activities and even engage with artists.
Another great creative opportunity for the school holidays is MSTYP's online drama workshops, featuring voice and confidence classes, Shakespeare, theatre and augmented reality and YouTube video making. Sydney Opera House's new digital program, From our House to Yours, has a great selection of content for kids including behind the scenes tours, dance and musical performances, book readings and more.
Discover wildlife in your garden and around your home and take part in Taronga’s photography competition. Take a snap of birds, lizards, insects or whatever wildlife you happen to come across and upload your photo to Taronga’s website before April 24th. The winner will receive a 30-minute Behind the Scenes video conference with a Taronga Zoo Sydney expert!
Kids can write and receive letters of happiness with Symbio Wildlife Park. If they write to one of the parks furry residents; Imogen the koala, Shifu the red panda, Millie the wombat, Fynn the meerkat and Lion the cheetah, the animals will write back!
Crystalbrook Collection, which operates luxury hotels like Byron at Byron and Little Albion, has launched Crystalbrook Earth Kids to encourage little ones to get crafty and learn about the environment. They can make a rain gauge, wind turbine, compost and even a bee hotel using bits and pieces from around the house.