19 virtual activities for kids of all ages
The kids have explored every inch of the backyard and even the local park is off-limits. This is lockdown life with kids – it’s hard and it’s exhausting. If you’re struggling for new ideas to keep your little ones entertained during lockdown, especially if you are also feeding and caring for a baby, we’ve got you!
We’ve pulled together a list of fun resources for kids of all ages.
There’s something for everyone: from exploring the world’s museums, to story time from space – all without leaving your home.
For the animal lovers
Animals At Home Explore Melbourne’s three zoos, listen to keeper talks and see what the giraffes are up to on Werribee Zoo’s savannah.
Atlanta Zoo Panda Cam Watch Atlanta Zoo’s pandas chew bamboo and tumble about. So cute!
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Enjoy Phillip Island’s famous penguin parade every night at sunset. You can watch them on catch-up too.
Georgia Aquarium Beluga Whale live stream: Watch these beautiful, majestic creatures through an underwater live cam.
African animal lookout camera Spot African gorillas, hippos and monkeys live 24/7 from the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya, Africa.
History and natural wonders
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Explore the world’s largest museum including dinosaurs and a 52-foot-long model of a mega-toothed shark!
Scienceworks virtual tour Take a virtual walk through Melbourne’s popular science and technology museum.
HMB Endeavour virtual tour Walk the deck and climb the mast with this virtual tour of the replica HMB Endeavour ship.
Umoona Opal Mine and Museum Head underground and explore Coober Pedy’s opal mines.
Head to outer space
NASA’s Curiosity Rover on Mars Take a virtual tour of Mars with NASA’s Curiosity Space Rover.
International Space Station UStream See live views of space from the International Space Station as it orbits Earth. If you’re lucky enough to catch a sunrise or sunset, the views are truly spectacular.
Storyline Online Listen to famous people read popular children’s books, including Anna from Frozen.
Storytime from Space Watch and listen as NASA astronauts read children’s books – from space!
Also, check out your local library’s website – many libraries now live stream story times and rhyme times.
ABC Kids Make Download printable colouring sheets, craft activities and easy-to-make recipes for cooking with kids.
Legoland live workshops Join Legoland’s master model builder, Keiran as he shows kids (and adults!) how to build Lego creations step-by-step.
Virtual musical instruments Kids can play the guitar, drums, piano and bongos.
Songs For Teaching Sing along to these educational preschool and kindergarten songs.
Cosmic Kids Yoga Get the kids moving with yoga and mindfulness, including Moana and Frozen themed yoga!
GoNoodle Stretch with Mickey Mouse and boogie with Fabio the Moose.
These fabulous activity resources have been collated by Jessie Burns, our Boobie Foods Facebook manager - Jessie is a mum of two, currently in lockdown in Melbourne.