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Half term virtual kid-friendly activities

Updated: Jan 6

As we enter our first school holiday with no sunshine, it's clear that long days in the garden aren't really going to work terribly well. So, we've gathered together the best of the WWW ( World Wide Wonders ) all of which are child-friendly, and completely free. Don't forget we've also got our amazing video classes, Halloween activities and new Half term Den making workshops so there's no chance you'll have to listen to the sound of your children chanting that they're BORED.

1 We are going to the zoo

Chester Zoo was ahead of the curve back in April when it launched it's virtual zoo days. If the sight of their baby elephant sunbathing doesn't melt your heart then nothing will. Visit all the animals at Chester Zoo.

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2 Online Arts and Culture games and puzzles

What if you could challenge Grandpa to help you complete a jigsaw of your favourite artworks from galleries around the globe? All from the comfort of your living room via the wonders of the internet...oh wait, you can!

We love the online jigsaws of renowned artworks on Arts and Culture. Choose from the wonderful eclectic world of art and challenge friends or family to help you complete it.

Or what about some vitual colouring in? Easy, interactive and good for engaging your children in art, colour and culture all through some 'good screen' time.

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4. Meet a real life shark expert

Book a private zoom call for your child and their friends or join a group one, Justin is a passionate marine biologist, eco-optimist, shark guy, and new dad. This experinece gets some really great reviews, here's one that seems to sum up the positive feedback:

"My 7 year old son participated in this and absolutely loved it. I wondered if he'd be able to pay attention for a full 1.5 hours, but it flew by and he enjoyed every minute of it. Justin went out of his way to engage my son and they had a great conversation. It was educational, fun and well worth the price! Would highly recommend this experience for anyone interested in sealife".

From £15 per person

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5. Enjoy a unique interactive Musical in Portugal!

The wonderful thing about virtual events is you can access them all over the world whether it's taking a Live Plague tour of Prague or enjoying a Japanese magic show. We like the look of the interactive family-friendly musical in Portugal ( but in the English language ). Called cLock Down it tells the story of a little girl called Teresa who lived in the magical kingdom of Tic Toc Town, a place where Time and Clocks were alive! Until that is, a wizard stopped them. Not only that but the Queen then ordered lockdown!

The reviews are outstanding and the one below sums up the experience.

"Our whole family (aged 10-50) really enjoyed cLockdown the musical. What a really creative way of keeping theatre alive. The actors, costumes, set, singing, activities and story were all amazing. What a great experience during these times. I would thoroughly recommend everyone being an audience for this".

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For more ideas of things for to do indoors this winter...

For more fun stuff to do this half term, don't forget we've got our dedicated half term page with all the latest videos on everything from 'how to make a Den' to how to become a Play Inventor. Not forgetting of course all our video activities leading up to Halloween on the 31st October.

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