Stay In School
Running out of ideas to keep the kids entertained? Look no further! Battersea Power Station has got your back with a series of Boredom Busters that will delight and educate every household.
From toddlers to teenagers, we have got a range of activities that will keep the minds active and stimulated so you are never left with a dull moment.
New - Dad How Do I?
‘Dad how do I…’ are four words of most youngsters growing up will say, but what if you didn’t grow up with a Dad to teach you certain things? Introducing Rob Kenney! After he started to make ‘tutorial’ videos for those without a father, he has amassed more than 2.18 million subscribers on YouTube. From unclogging sinks and checking your car oil, to shaving your face and learning how to create the perfect tie, Rob has created lots of great videos to help guide you through step by step.
Check him out here.
New - ‘James and the Giant Peach’ by Taika Waititi and Friends
Charismatic New Zealand Director Taika Waititi has hosted a series of hilarious and magical readings on YouTube with a few famous friends joining in including Meryl Streep, Ryan Reynolds, the Hemsworth brothers, Eddie Redmayne, Cate Blanchet and many more! Funny voices, creative at home sounds affects, plus illustrations which make the videos a really fun activity to watch. This is of course all for a good cause raising money for Partners In Health. Rediscover your love for Roald Dahl here.
New – ‘The Ickabog’ by JK Rowling
JK Rowling has unveiled her first non-Harry Potter children’s book, called The Ickabog, which the renowned author is publishing in daily instalments on her website for free. This is a story about ‘truth and the abuse of power.’ JK Rowling will be publishing a chapter (or two, or three) every weekday between 26th May - 10th July on The Ickabog website.
New – Stargaze at Home
With the skies clearer at night then they have been before, now is prime time to do a spot of stargazing from your home. London’s Royal Observatory, Greenwich has offered advice on how to make the most of stargazing from your windows and outdoor spaces, no matter where we you are.
- You need ideally a clear night, no clouds and to turn your household lights OFF.
- Wait outside and let your eyes adjust. After about 30 seconds your eyes will mostly get used to the dark, but 25 minutes to half an hour will really get you all the way.
- Use an app to help you distinguish what you can see, some recommendations include Stellarium, Star Walk 2 and SkyView.
- To help you see even more a telescope, binoculars or camera with a long lens can help.
Do you have kids with a little spare time on their hands? There are thousands of elderly in care homes that are missing their families and #MyDearNewFriend is a lovely initiative to help combat loneliness.
Find out more here.
Battersea Power Station
Learn more about Battersea Power Station with our range of history quizzes, maths questions and creative challenges, available for a variety of ages. Explore the exercises here.
Online School Classes
We have put together 12 great online classes to keep your home school day packed. From PE with Joe Wicks, to cooking with Jamie Oliver, there is plenty to keep your little ones learning and busy throughtout the day.
Ages vary per activity, check the individual listing for age recommendation.
Our friends at BB Broadway are offering live online musical theatre sessions for the whole family. Enjoy interactive singing, dancing and sensory for babies from 3-months all the way to up to our Future Stars 12 years group.
Classes are available to book on Hoop for £2.50 per class. - Suitable for all ages
Do you have hawk eyes? We have put together a list of the most common birds you might see from your window here. How many birds can you see? One point for every bird you can tick off, and a bonus point for any others you might find!
Why not take a photo of each type, and send it to us at email@example.com? You might just get a special photo of one of our birds back… - Recommended for ages 5+
BBC Bitesize and Sir David Attenborough
BBC Bitesize is a new website bringing three new lessons every weekday with videos activities and more. To top it all off, Sir David Attenborough will be educating pupils as part of the BBC’s offering to help school children during the coronavirus pandemic. The legendary presenter will explain topics such as oceans and animals, while a whole range of other famous faces have also joined the corporation’s mission to ensure that kids across the UK have access to curriculum supported learning for the summer term.
Lessons are available from Monday on BBC Bitesize Daily on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button, with all elements developed by teaching professionals. Find out more here. - Suitable for all ages
Explained with LEGO
If you need a little creative help explaining how things ‘work’ or are ‘made’ to your little ones, then check out the Explained with LEGO series on YouTube. We particular like the ‘How Skyscrapers are Built’ video as you can learn lots about construction – our favourite topic! Have LEGO at home? Why not check out this guide on how to build your very own Battersea Power Station too. - Recommended for ages 5+
Natural History Museum Dinosaur Studies
If your kids love dinosaurs (or want to learn more about them) then you definitely can’t miss the Natural History Museums website. From quizzes, to experts debating which dinosaur was the coolest, to tutorials on how to draw them, there is plenty to keep all dino-fans entertained for hours.
Check it out here. - Recommended for ages 5+
Tate Kids is another great resource to keep the kids entertained. From friendship bracelets and chocolate paintings (yum!) to street art games and pop art tutorials, the Tate Kids website is a great source of information if you are searching for more family friendly fun at home ideas.
Find out more here. - Recommended for ages 5+