While the weather outside may be frightful – and the coronavirus restrictions undelightful – there’s no reason your family can’t still enjoy a virtual ‘day out’ together this December.
From museum tours to craft classes and festive fun, these virtual activities for kids (and the whole family) will help keep you and the children entertained all month long.
The best activities for staying busy at home
- Join in an online family dance class hosted by Sadler’s Wells (free)
- Enjoy games and more from the London Transport Museum (free)
- Rock a virtual disco for ages four and up (ticketed)
- Unleash the inner mad scientist with child-friendly science experiments you can do from home (free)
- Let the Museum of London inspire creativity with their collection of at-home games and activities (free)
- Calling all animal lovers! Join ZSL zookeepers behind the scenes with the animals on YouTube (free)
- Or go underwater exploring with the London Aquarium’s SEA Life livestreams (free)
The best educational and cultural activities
- Visit Santa in a virtual grotto (ticketed)
- Catch a panto with Fly High Stories’ Panto-logues, featuring tiny plays for four- to nine-year-olds (free)
- Join a music-making session for children under five with Wigmore Hall’s Chamber Tots (ticketed)
- Take part in an interactive story-telling adventure with the Iris Theatre (ticketed)
- Explore the British Museum’s Harry Potter exhibit online (free)
- Or take the Harry Potter Studio Tour at home (free)
- Tour the National Gallery (free)
- Visit a virtual gallery at the British Museum (free)
- Explore Tate’s offerings especially for kids (free)
- Play with art with the Barbican’s online show for under-fives (ticketed)
- Explore the universe with the Royal Observatory’s educational activities – searchable by age range (free)
- Visit times gone by with the Imperial War Museum’s collection of child-friendly learning resources (free)
The best arts and crafts activities
- Join Disney on stage with some fun at-home crafts (free)
- Bring books to life with the British Library’s child-friendly book-related activities (free)
- Break out the crayons for some fun with Crayola’s at-home activity centre (free)
Taking part in these activities as a family will help you make the most of your time together – and create some happy memories for your children in what might otherwise be a trying time.
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