Our Top 10 Activities for Families to do At Home This Week
- 22 June 2020
- National Maritime Museum
Looking for inspiration for activities for the whole family? Look no further! We have hand-picked our Top 10 online events and activities suitable for kids, their siblings and grown ups to do this week - we hope you enjoy!
1. Learn to dance with your little ones
Wriggle Dance Theatre. FREE. Recommended for ages: 2 - 5 with their grown-ups and siblings.
Wriggle Dance Theatre have produced 10 bite sized creative dance sessions for young children aged 2 - 5 years to do with their grown ups. You will get to explore tunnels, feathers, butterflies, clowns, balancing, different textures, the countryside, imaginary painting, a special brain dance and a wriggling song!
You can access all sessions through the youtube playlist. Find out more.
2. Throw a socially distanced Great Walrus Tea Party
The walrus needs your help! Enjoy baking or eating cake? Throw a socially-distanced Great Walrus Tea Party at home or online on Wednesday 24 June to support the Horniman Museum and Gardens, who have put together a Great Walrus Tea Party fundraising pack with tea party ideas including activities, recipes and an e-poster to send to family and friends.
Sign up online or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your fundraising pack.
3. Enjoy art and making at home
Jewellery Quarter Townscape Heritage. FREE. Recommended for ages: 8 - 15 years and the whole family.
Jewellery Quarter Makes activities are a fun way to engage with arts, crafts and the history of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter at home. Developed by three local artists and makers, this set of arts activities and interesting facts is a fun way to explore heritage, arts and crafts using minimal materials.
Have a go at some of the Jewellery Quarter Makes activities at home using the downloadable instructions.
4. Watch a Bach to Baby concert
Bach to Baby. Friday 26th June, 11.00am - 11.45am. £5 per household. Recommended for ages: 0 - 16 years. Everyone is welcome from newborns to great grand parents!
Meet a new instrument performed by a renowned musician at each concert. Join Bach to Baby for virtuosic performances, favourite nursery rhymes requests, and a fun watch party to be enjoyed by the whole family together!
Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed classical concerts for babies, children and you, in inspiring locations across the UK, and now online! The events are designed for the whole family, including grandparents, aunts/uncles, kids, babies and you to enjoy together.
5. Join the Wild Geese Theatre Company for story time
Wild Geese Theatre Company. Thursday 25th June, 10.00am - 10.30am. FREE. Recommended for ages: 5 - 11 years and their grown ups.
Let Wild Geese Theatre Company take you on an adventure, without you ever having to leave your front room. Every month, they will read you an instalment of a story that you have chosen.
Designed for Primary School kids and their families, Wild Geese Theatre company have taken their years of experience make theatre for young audiences, and created a brand new project online.
6. Make your own HMS Pride to celebrate Pride Month!
National Maritime Museum. FREE. Recommended for ages: 5 - 16 years and the whole family.
Pride is traditionally celebrated in London in June. Since 1972 the LGBTQ+ community have celebrated Pride with a march through the city. As part of the parade people of all ages, races and faiths, from all sexualities, come together to celebrate the equality and visibility of the LGBTQ+ community.
This Pride why not create your own ship to celebrate LGBTQ+ maritime history? You can create a colourful ship with lots of rainbows and bunting like you would see on the Pride parade. Why not have a look at some of the ships in the Museum's collection for inspiration about shape and design?
7. Grown up comedy for kids!
Funny Looking. Saturday 27th June, 2.30pm - 4.00pm. FREE. Recommended for ages: 6 - 16 years plus adults.
From the first sketch to the final legendary joke competition, Funny Looking Kids: Comedy Club is a ragtag bag of:
Tomfoolery and nonsense. Chaos and cacophony. Silliness and stupidity. Grown Up Alternative Comedy - For Kids!
Rules: No Swears. No Peanuts. No Uniform. Bring Jokes!
8. Big Fish Little Fish Kitchen Family Rave
Big Fish Little Fish Productions. Sunday 29th June, 2.00pm - 3.30pm. FREE. Recommended for ages: 0 - 16 years.
Join the award winning, original family ravers and now pioneer of virtual kitchen raves Big Fish Little Fish for an hour of absolute bangers, bubbles, foam, kids and pets. The crew have been bringing bangin' tunes, unity and fun to dancefloors of families from Inverness to Sydney since 2013.
Over 400k households have joined them for their weekly free online Kitchen Raves since March and they have featured on the BBC, national press and Sky News Internationally. Bringing Joy to the Nation! Different DJs and locations each week.
9. Create music using the toys around your house
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. FREE. Recommended for ages: 4 - 16 years and their grown ups.
In this activity you will use the noisy toys around your house to create music inspired by the music of Joseph Haydn, Benedict Mason and the Modified Toy Orchestra. You might not have musical instruments at home, but I bet you have toys that make noises and sounds. They are probably the ones you like best but annoy the grown ups the most!
Quite a few composers have used toys in their music. The Toy Symphony was composed in the mid-1700's either by Joseph Haydn or Leopold Mozart and uses children's toys alongside conventional musical instruments. Listen to the reSound Collective from Singapore playing it. What toy sounds can you hear?
10. Become a film critic
Gro-Organic. FREE. Recommended for ages 5 - 12 years.
What is written in a film review? This week Gro-Organic help you take on the role of a Film Critic. Fill out the review sheet about your favourite film below and send it to @gro-organic to be published for others to read on Twitter or Instagram.
You can access work sheets available for keys stage 1 & 2 too. Take a look!