Keep your child virtually entertained, from the comfort and safety of your own sofa! Our guide* to the UK’s top museums, galleries and activities brings a host of kid-friendly venues to your doorstep when you’re stuck at home.
Don’t let kids miss out on the fun, facts and fantasy of all things science. Whether your child is a budding biologist, curious about chemistry or amazed by astrology, they can enjoy stories, songs, illusions and experiments with Eureka! ‘At Home’.
AUNT SANDRA’S CANDY SHOP
The factory is well-known for its chocolate workshops. But did you know about their handy ‘do it at home’ kits? They include everything you need to create delicious treats and are accompanied by a step-by-step instruction video.
WE THE CURIOUS
They offer an enticing range of creative online activities, tasks and games: from building a bug hotel, to crafting spaghetti bridges, to creating your very own pop-up puppet theatre. All activities are completely free and come with a list of required equipment and materials.
THE EDEN PROJECT
It’s lovely to visit this hugely popular West Country venue. But you can visit virtually and still learn lots about the environment through their home and garden-based activities. Discover more about trees, insects and plants, or try out some fridge-door crafting.
THE POTTER TRAIL
Take a virtual tour through the cobbled streets of Edinburgh and explore the sights and sounds that inspired the iconic Harry Potter films. Make sure to bring a wand along for this magic adventure!
ABERDEEN ART GALLERY
Inspire the kids with an imaginative range of home-based activities, including Sketchbook Making and Ceramic Making. Workshop tutorial videos are available on their YouTube channel.
Get up close and personal with nature from your living room with a virtual trip to Chester Zoo. Learn more about the animals, play thrilling zoo-themed games or lead your very own fact-finding missions with your family.
FUN IN LONDON
If it feels like you’re missing out on all your favourite London attractions, museums and experiences, the good news is that there’s loads to explore online. Take a virtual tour of the National Gallery, ‘step inside’ the Tower of London, or ride the Mail Rail at the Postal Museum from your sofa.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL MUSEUM
This is heaven-sent for mini football fans! Learn all about the nation’s favourite sport, and discover from the pros how to talk just like a commentator. There are so many activities to choose from that even the biggest football fans might find something new to learn!
THE LAING ART GALLERY
The gallery is encouraging kids and parents to embrace their inner artist and create their own legendary pieces of artwork. Activities for all ages are available: from the youngest member of the family to the most senior!
THE NATIONAL MARITIME AQUARIUM
Enjoy an under-the-sea adventure in your living room with the National Marine Aquarium. The aquarium hosted Facebook Live events all through the first lockdown and these insights into underwater life are still available on YouTube. Find out more about an incredible array of marine life on offer and get an up-close look at some of the animals.
Enjoy a virtual tour around Plantasia’s tropical paradise, getting you closer than ever before to the sights and sounds of the jungle. You’re likely to run into plenty of animals along the way and get close-up to some gigantic greenery. And there’s the added bonus of your own personal Q&A with an expert.
Guide created by Matalan