10 Creative At-Home Activities for Families
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a lover of all things creative. We’re also guessing that you’re feeling slightly overwhelmed by all the new digital options out there for entertainment, homes-schooling and cultural opportunities. That’s why we’ve gathered best family activities that include music, theatre, dance, art, and even a bit of culinary creation. Here’s our pick of activities to brighten up isolation for all ages.
1. Watch a children’s classic
FREE. The Wind in the Willows. Image © Helen Maybanks
The West End production of children's classic The Wind in the Willows can be streamed online for free and is a great way to fill a whole evening. The musical opened in June 2017 and starred Rufus Hound as Toad, Simon Lipkin as Ratty, Craig Mather as Mole, Neil McDermott as Chief Weisel, Denise Welch as Mrs Otter and Gary Wilmot as Badger.
2. Tune into First Songs with Zoë
£3.50. From B’Opera
The West Midlands musical sensation B’Opera are bringing you their popular First Songs sessions via live stream. Their singers create beautiful music for tiny ears and grown-ups, using rhythm, movement, sound and singing voices to bring a story to life. Join on of there twice weekly sessions on Mondays and Thursdays at 11.30am.
3. Create a Geology Pudding
FREE (+ ingredients). From Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust
Thanks to Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust creating these fun activities which also teach us all a thing or to about our planet. Over millions of years, sand is squashed together to form solid rock under the weight of all of the sand above it. This Sedimentary Strate Trifle shows us how environments can change over millions of years.
4. Discover the instruments of the orchestra
FREE. From the Philharmonia Orchestra
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a musician – or even how to get a sound out of all the weird and fantastic instruments that are out there?
Then meet the musicians of the Philharmonia Orchestra: they’ve made a series of short films introducing all the different instruments of a symphony orchestra, giving you a friendly introduction to the world of music behind your favourite movies and games. And who knows – maybe they’ll inspire you to start making your own music while you’re at home!
5. Make your own Earth Word Search
FREE. From A Line Art. Image © Imagine Children's Festival 2020 at Southbank Centre
Explore words important to our planet whilst completing this Earth Word Search by artist Anna Bruder. If you’re feeling adventurous you can let your little artists create their own super-sized version at home. Remember to tag Fantastic for Families with photos of your creations.
6. Visit your favourite locations through illustration
FREE. From Our Fave Places
Our Favourite Places is bringing your favourite locations to you through virtual and at-home activities. If you're a Yorkshire resident then you'll love these fun illustrations of Sheffield's favourite locations for families. Choose from the botanical gardens, Weston Park, or the lovely Mayfield alpacas. Or why not have a go at drawing the view from your window?
7. Learn performing arts skills at home
FREE. From New Victory Theatre, New York
New Victory Arts Break is a daily class allowing both you and the kids to take a break from the daily grind by incorporating the performing arts into your days. Each week focuses on a different art-form and so far we’ve had percussion and movement. Stick with it and you’ll master the whole curriculum. Plus, this is your chance to be coached by some of New York City’s best performing artists!
8. Music on Family Fridays
FREE. From London Mozart Players
Friday 27th March at 10am.
Join co-principal cellist Julia Desbruslais and viola player Michael Posner for a family-friendly performance this Friday. A surprise treat to keep the younger ones entertained whilst home-schooling. Don't worry if you've missed it - more concerts will be added to their website each week.
9. Take Part in dance workshops for families
FREE. From Sadler’s Wells
London’s famous dance house Sadler’s Wells is presenting a series of online workshops and activities to dance along to in your own homes. Available from Wednesday 1st April, Take Part will be especially for families with younger children who are now unable to attend nursery or school. Led by Cherie Coleman, who normally runs Family Friday sessions at Sadler’s Wells, you’ll cover 10 different movement activities for children aged 2 to 6 years to follow at home.
The workshops will be available via the Sadler’s Wells YouTube channel.
10. Create your own mythical chimera collage
FREE. From BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
BALTIC's weekly creative session for families has been moved online. You and the kids can join artist Mat Fleming for a virtual Meet & Make to create your own mythical chimera collage. All you'll need is a magazine, some glue and some paper.
Subscribe to the BALTIC YouTube channel for more creative sessions being released each week.
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