Entertaining young children at home

Let’s be honest – after the first couple of days, the thought of entertaining young children at home for three months seems like a daunting prospect! 

Luckily, there are lots of online resources that can help to keep their brains active and to keep them entertained. 

From the stage – to your screen!

You can see loads of Broadway shows for free at https://www.broadwayhd.com/ (7 days free) and many West End theatres are offering free access to their shows over the next few months too. One that’s suitable for the whole family is Wind in the Willows, and you can watch the whole thing here https://www.willowsmusical.com/

Entertaining the kids at home
Entertaining the kids at home

Visit a museum from your sofa!

Lots of museums are offering interactive tours on their websites. You can view art, learn about history, visit different countries – all without leaving your house!

The British Museum – one of my favourites in London. Especially good if you are interested in ancient Egypt, or discuss the politics of the Elgin Marbles with the older ones. https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – I went here last year and it’s so interesting! https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/van-gogh-museum?hl=en

The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. I’m supposed to be going to here this summer but at the moment I think this is as close as I’m going to get! https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/

Musee d’Orsay in Paris – I’ve never been, but now I want to! https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/musee-dorsee/

And if you like art rather than history, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC is also available online. https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-gallery-of-art/

Escape to another world!

And if you are fed up with what’s happening here on Earth, how about a trip to space?! NASA has a huge gallery of images from around the universe. Take a look and you will love escaping from our planet for a short while! https://images.nasa.gov/

Entertaining the kids at home

Animal lover?

Zoos around the world have webcams that show what their animals are up to. Even though they are closed to visitors right now, animals are still going about their business as usual! 

Edinburgh Zoo’s Panda Cam https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/

Penguins in San Diego https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/cams/penguin-cam

Elephants at Dublin Zoo https://www.dublinzoo.ie/animals/animal-webcams/elephants/

Giraffes feeding at Houston Zoo houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/giraffe-feeding-platform/

Something a little more exotic? How about badgers in Cumbria! https://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlife/cams/badger-cam