Looking for activities to do this week? Here are some suggestions for children, youth and adults.

Activities listed below are online resources run by a variety of external providers. Please ensure activities are screened to assess their suitability for you or your child.

Books and Storytime

Story Box Libraries

It’s storytime, anytime with Story Box Library! Story Box Library allows children to watch celebrated stories read aloud by well loved storytellers. Login today with your local library card number.

Recommended for children 3-12 years

Stream stories for children and teens

Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

Recommended for all children and youth

Casey Donovan reads Brian The Smelly Bear by Mark Chambers

Check out Casey Donovan while she reads Brian The Smelly Bear by Mark Chambers on Instagram

Recommended for children of younger primary school age

ABC Kids Listen

ABC Kids Listen is a free dedicated kids app and digital radio station providing preschool-aged children and their families with a safe space to hear trusted, educational and entertaining audio programs.

Download from the App Store or Google Play

Recommended for children 0 to 5 years

Videos, Movies and Live streams

Melbourne Zoo Live Cams, Keeper Talks and Virtual Updates

Melbourne Zoo is bringing the zoo to us! Each week, discover something new at Melbourne Zoo with videos of the incredible animal and keeper family.

Bring the zoo to life from anywhere around the world with live cams, keeper talks and other virtual updates.

Recommended for the young and old

Virtual Cinémathèque

Join ACMI every Wednesday for their free weekly movie night from the comfort of your own home.

Recommended for adults

Ballet Classics

The Australian Ballet is currently streaming some of the most beloved and inspiring ballets so that you can watch them at home. A new ballet will be released each week and is only available for a limited two week season, shows include Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet.

Recommended for the young and old

ABC ME

The ABC is currently extending its educational programming on ABC ME. Programs run from 10am – 3pm each weekday during term 2. Primary school content is shown in the mornings and secondary school content is shown in the afternoons.

Tv schedule can be found by clicking on the link above. ABC ME can be viewed where you normally watch ABC tv.

Recommended for children of primary and secondary school age

Live Stream at Sealife Melbourne

Ever wondered what the animals at Melbourne’s aquarium get up to when we aren’t there. Well now you can check out what they do behind the scenes.

Recommend for children of all ages

Guinness World Record Videos

There are plenty of amazing, jaw dropping and talented people and animals around the world who have unique skills they have mastered. Check out what makes a Guinness World Record.

Recommended for children of primary school age

TED Talks

There are over 3000 TED Talks available online to stir your curiosity, broaden your horizons and explore what’s possible. There is almost no topic not discussed. Jump online and learn something new.

Recommended for youth and adults

Podcasts

That’s Incredible

An interactive podcast for parents and kids to listen to together that’s all about the unexpectedly awesome things in the world around us.

Recommended for children of primary school age

Animal Sound Safari

Animal Sound Safari takes your ears around the world to explore the weird and wacky histories we humans have with animals. From camel beauty queens in Saudi Arabia to cooked roosters who save lives in Portugal. Each episode is jam-packed with cool stories, kooky facts and ‘pawsome’ puns.

Recommended for children of primary school age

The Fact Detectives Podcast

Join Anika and Dexter as they take their BIG questions to some very smart grown-ups. Like, are there really killer butterflies? Why do we fart? Did monster kangaroos once roam the land? What IS a fossil? And what happens when we flush the toilet?

Recommended for children of primary school age

Short and Curly

This fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents, poses questions and ideas to really get you thinking. It asks curly questions about animals, technology, school, pop culture and the future.

Recommended for family listening

Fierce Girls

From skaters to singers, mountaineers to Mars mission-leaders. Australia is full of girls who dare to do things differently. Adventurous girls. Girls with guts and spirit. Girls who stand-up and say, “watch out world, here I come!”. Do you know what they are? They’re FIERCE.

Recommended for young people of secondary school age

 

Subscribe to the great podcasts above where ever you get your podcasts.

Apps (free)

Khan Academy for Kids

This fun, educational program hosts thousands of activities and books that will inspire learning and discovery.

Recommended for children aged 2 to 7 years

Night Sky

Night Sky is your guide to the stars above. Day or night this app is a planetarium in your pocket. Discover space wherever you go.

Recommend for the young and old

iZen

This interactive app responds to the touch of your screen with calming music and moving lights. It will have you engaged and completely relaxed.

Recommended for the young and old

Colorfy

Sit down with this online colouring book and create your own masterpieces. This relaxing app allows you to paint mandalas, patterns and a variety of animals. It will have you occupied for hours.

Recommended for youth and adults

Go Noodle

Make screen time active with 300+ dance videos, yoga exercises and mindfulness activities for the kids.

Recommended for children aged 4 to 10 years

Download all apps listed above wherever you get your apps.

Art

Make your own Playdough

This homemade playdough recipe is simple, natural, and perfect for entertaining children. The kids will enjoy making it almost as much as they enjoy playing with it!

Recommended for children from 18months and above

Lunchtime art with Mo Willems

Mo Willems, a bestselling children’s author, is teaching kids how to draw on YouTube. Check out his channel to learn to draw like a pro.

Recommended for children of all ages

Make you own Paper Aeroplanes

What paper plane flies the furthest; the Classic Dart, Suzanne or Blunt-Nosed Glider?? Make your own to find out, all you need is a piece of paper.

Recommended for the young and old

Hand Puppets

All you need is a hand, face paints, fine paintbrush, water and your creativity. What puppet are you going to make?

Recommended for children of early primary school age

Guggenheim Museum, New York

Guggenheim Museum, New York is allowing visitors to tour the Guggenheum’s famous spiral staircase without leaving home. Discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.

Recommended for youth and adults

How to make Fluffy Slime

Make your own fluffy slime at home with this simple to make recipe. If you get adventurous you can even try your own glow in the dark slime.

Recommended for children of primary school age

Draw with Scribbles and Ink

Get creative and make your own drawings online with Scribbles and Ink.

Recommend for children aged 3 years to early primary school age

Nature Play

When we can it is great to get outdoors and learn about what is around us. Find some great activities like how to press flowers, make mud cakes, learn about animal scratches on trees and creating art out of things from your garden.

Recommended for children of primary school age

Sport and Fitness

PE with Joe

Get your body moving everyday and join in on a 30 minute PE (physical education) class with teacher Joe. He posts a new class every day.

Recommended for children of primary school age

Saturday Sport Shorts

Join Andrew Daddo and a host of Australian celebrities including Abbey Holmes, Joel Thompson, Kyle Chalmers, Kyah Simon in 15 minute exercise sessions. Get active and exercise with the professionals!

Recommended for young people of primary school age and above

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Join Cosmic Kids for your daily dose of yoga and relaxation.

Recommended for children of early primary school age

Yoga at Home

Do yoga in the comfort of your own home with classes from beginners to more advanced. Please make sure you are participating in classes within your capabilities.

Recommended for youth and adults

Dancing with the Stars

Sharna Burgess, Dancing with the Stars judge, has been running live dance classes from her home. Join her most recent dance class and learn the Jive Tabata / Circuit cardio

Recommenced for youth and adults

This Girl Can

The ladies at This Girl Can are all about us being active and feeling good. There are videos to get you moving at home including lessons on Bollywood dancing, stretch classes, yoga and much more.

Recommended for adults

Music

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra are Live

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra are broadcasting performances from their archives. Join them each week for a new performance.

Recommended for people of all ages

Kinderling

Family-friendly kids radio for children and their grown-ups. There is music to entertain, distract and even help settle to sleep. No more thinking about what to listen to, Kinderling does it all for you.

Recommended for children and their parents 

Virtual Choir

Join people from around the world in a virtual choir. Examples of some choirs currently operating include Sofa Singers and Lifefullness Live.

Recommended for adults

Singalong with Kylie

Join in the fun this Thursday at 6pm and singalong with Camp Quality puppet Kylie. She has some great songs prepared as a part of Puppet Power Live.

Recommended for children of primary school age

Chapel Off Chapel Life Performances

The iconic Chapel Off Chapel are playing an array of exciting and diverse musical acts online – stripped back, up close and personal. Check out artists like Taylor Henderson, Thando, Reece Mastin, Fem Belling and more.

Recommended for youth and adults

Games

PBS Kids

If your little one is looking for games and videos online then head over to PBS kids for hours of entertainment. They have everything from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows.

Recommended for children of primary school age

Shark Quiz

Sink your teeth into this quiz! How much do you know about the creatures of the deep blue sea?

Recommended for children of primary school age

Play School

Play hide and seek, match the toys or head off on an adventure with our Play School friends. There are lots of games to keep little ones entertained for hours.

Recommended for children from 3 years to early primary school age

Jigsaw Puzzles with Dinopaws

Fun online puzzles for kids. Once you have finished their puzzles why not have a go at their hiders and finders games.

Recommended for children 3 years to early primary school age

Mindfulness

Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind provides a free app to practice daily meditation and mindful exercises for both Youth and Adults. Download the app and participate in one of their exercises for just 10 minutes and feel the difference that it can make.  

Recommended for youth and adults

Relaxation techniques – Breathing exercises

Need to relax, calm down or manage your emotions? Sometimes it’s as simple as relaxing your breathing. Learning how to do breathing exercises is useful because many relaxation techniques include breathing exercises.

Recommended for youth and adults

Educational

The bang behind fireworks!

Ever wondered how fireworks are created? In this video, pyrotechnics expert John Conkling describes the chemical and physical components of fireworks, and demonstrates many coloured explosions in a laboratory.

Recommended for young people 13 to 16 years of age

Fact Filled LOLtastic Tour of Melbourne Museum

Take a tour of Melbourne Museum with the hilarious The Listies. They will take you on a LOLtastic tour to see shark dentists, dinosaur salesmen and the insect Oscars.

Recommended for children of primary school age

Fun Science experiments

With over 150 science experiments that you can try at home there is no limit to what you can learn.

Recommended for children from primary school to early secondary school age

Ever wondered why onions make you cry?

Click here to find out all about why this vegetable can make you cry when cut.

Recommended for youth in early secondary school

Scienceworks at HOME!

You can learn how lightning is formed and why a black hole is black all from the comfort of your own home. Check out the Scienceworks website for a whole lot of educational fun! With family activities, online puzzles, experiments and virtual tours.

Recommended for children of all ages

Get to know Australian animals!

Find out about the platypus, kangaroo, koala, possum and wombat. This topic features fun, educational resources on a range of Australian animals.

Recommended for children 7 years and above

BrainPOP

BrainPop is here to help you and your curious learners stay informed and on-track with free access to their website during school closures. With daily topics to keep young people engaged and covering everything from Maths to Social Studies to Engineering & Tech.

Recommended for children and youth

Duolingo

Ever wanted to learn a new language? Duolingo will help you with bite sized lessons to get you learning every day.

Recommended for people of all ages

Great Websites with a bit of everything

Happiness Hub

The team at Camp Quality have just released their Happiness Hub to give us all a digital dose of positivity. Have a laugh with puppets Kylie, Dean and Mel, partake in fun camp games or why not have a look at the ORANGES Toolkit and grab a glass of wellbeing, resilience and optimism

Recommended for children of primary school age and adults

National Geographic Kids

Learn all about Animals, Science, History and Geography with lots of random facts, quiz’s, games and more. Your one stop shop for keeping the kids entertained for hours.

Recommended for children of primary school age

ABC Kids

Watch your favourite tv shows, play fun online games, get great recipe ideas and so much more.

Recommended for children 2 years and above

Funbrain

Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.

Recommended for children from four years to 14 years of age

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