Online things to do for kids

Natural History Museum 

Experience the natural world through online events at the Natural History Museum. There is a huge dinosaur section, which includes lots of fun activities. There are 14 virtual tours you can take, including one of the famous Hintze Hall with Sir David Attenborough which features the skeleton of the blue whale, the largest creature to have ever lived. You can also take a virtual tour of the Fantastic Creatures exhibition which examines possible links between some of the creatures in the care of JK Rowling’s hero Newt Scamander to real creatures of the ancient world. And you can marvel at the stunning photos of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition online.

Nature and wildlife from Woodland Trust

If your youngster fancies themselves as a junior Chris Packham, there are lots of activities available on the Woodland Trust’s website; garden scavenger hunts, how to make your own bird feeder, and a free downloadable tree-identifying app to take out on your walks. Plus quizzes and indoor craft ideas. Details here:

Tate kids – Online art at home

Tate Kids offers activities ranging from learning about contemporary London artists to guided activities like using your body to make art, soap carving, or making a unicorn puppet from recycled materials. You can make a collage, learn how to paint like Turner, or draw creatures inspired by sounds. There’s even a personality quiz you can take to decide which famous artist should redecorate your room.

Online lessons for budding actors

ArtEd ArtsEd is offering weekend acting and musical theatre courses - the Saturday Skills Academy - for kids from aged 7 -16 +. Lyric Theatre Hammersmith The Lyric’s live theatre shows may be on hold, but its Zoom courses for children and young people  are ploughing ahead online, at least until mid-February. They include dance improvisation and acting classes for both disabled and non-disabled youngsters and Key Club classes for young people on the autism spectrum over the

Unicorn Theatre Company shows

The Unicorn Theatre Company has several productions for younger children, the first being Anansi the Spider. It’s an adaptation of classic West African and Caribbean tales about a trickster spider, filmed by the cast in their own homes. The three episodes come with free family activity packs for home learning.  Available on Unicorn’s YouTube Channel until 31 March. For ages 2- 5, Unicorn is also offering Huddle, the story of a daddy penguin and his new chick learning to thrive against the odds. This lovely production uses instrumental music and hand drawn animation to illustrate the reading. Unicorn is still offering two of its o

Little Portland Street Cookery School

Livestream Brentford FC games

Livestream Brentford FC games The Government's new Covid guidance says that organised outdoor sport is still exempt from legal gathering limits across all levels, which includes 'organised outdoor team sport' like football. Though you may not be able to go to the pub to watch any football games, Brentford FC's iFollow software is available to watch any which will be played over the second lockdown. It has a range of features including live match video streams, live audio commentary and 'exclusive club content.' The Basic Pass is free, and allows you to watch match highlights, behind the scenes content and see the club's newsletter. Other passes start from as little as £2.50, with the live stream video pass being £10.00. A full list of the pass prices and feature

Inner Space – online wellbeing events

Tiny Happy People

National Geographic for Kids

National Geographic for Kids National Geographic Kids has several free, fun and informative things to do for children on their website. Action games, personality quizzes, 'funny fill-in' puzzles and videos of amazing animals are just some of the things available. They also offer free extra information for users with magazine subscriptions, including videos & interesting quizzes for children. If you'd like more information or to subscribe to their magazine, please see their website here:  

Creature Features

Sadler’s Wells – Dance workshops for all the family

Dance workshops for all the family Sadler's Wells theatre is presenting a series of online workshops and activities for families to dance along to in the comfort of their own home. Available since April, via their youtube channel, there's something for everyone with workshops aimed at children, families and over-60s. There is even a specially created workshop for younger children who aren't able to attend nursery or school (which may help parents struggling with homeschool PE lessons

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust online talent show

Puppet Performances with The Little Angel Theatre

The Little Gym at home

The Little Gym at home Many parents in Chiswick are familiar with The Little Gym on Hartington Rd. This local franchise of an international company offers physical programmes which help children build the developmental skills and confidence needed at each stage of childhood. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 emergency, The Little Gym team has been filming exercises for children from four months to 12 years and their videos can be found on The Little Gym Youtube channel. The Little Gym Youtube  

Zumba Kids classes online

Zumba Kids classes online From your home Online Live Zumba classes with Chiswick based Zumba Zin Instructor Anna Zumba Kids - Every Tuesday & Friday at 16.00 Zumba - Every Tuesday & Thursday at 17.30 Zumba Gold (50+) - Every Monday & Thursday at 12.30 Email me! Let's dance, smile and stress relief from the comfort of our own house at this time when we most needed, let's join the world and show that we can be a part of this celebration of Zumba love and unity.

Harry Potter at Home

ScratchJr – Coding for young children

ScratchJr - Coding for young children Coding is the new literacy. With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can programme their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. ScratchJr. is available as a free app. Android/Apple/

Dr Seuss’s ABC – AR app

Dr Seuss's ABC - AR app Dr Seuss is magical, even if you're just sitting with your child reading a Dr Seuss book, old school style. There's now an augmented reality app which brings the characters to life in your living room. Children learn their alphabet, but how they learn to tell the difference between reality and imagination is another matter! 'Effortlessly combining play with learning, the magical imagination of Dr. Seuss is brought to life in the Dr. Seuss’s An Amazing AR Alphabet! app. Every character from the pages of Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! has been meticulously recreated in 3D and presented in AR for the very first time'. Download for $3.99.

Mental Maths

YouTube Kids

World of Peppa Pig

Teach your Monster to Read

Teach your Monster to Read Teach Your Monster to Read is an award-winning app, available for free to play on desktop and laptop computers. The iPhone, iPad and Android version of the game is a paid-for app which helps fund the project. The game is for children in the first stages of learning to read, or for older children who need a bit more practice. 'It takes children on a magical journey, meeting colourful characters along the way and collecting fantastic rewards. When children are engaged, they’re motivated to learn. As they progress, they rehearse a range of essential reading skills; matching letters to sounds, blending, segmenting, tricky words and reading full sentence

Hopster children’s TV

Hopster children's TV Hopster's slogan is 'making screen time smart'. Hopster has taken a collection of familiar cartoons and shows, including: Sesame Street, Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine, Fireman Sam and Pingu, and designed fun learning games around them, with sessions on core skills such as maths and phonics. Cost: £4.99 a month. Download it from the Apple store - Android/

Montessori preschool app

Khan Academy Kids – for younger children

BBC CBeebies Go Explore – for younger children

Konnie Huq – Children’s videos

Busuu – Free Language lessons for kids