Social isolation has created a lot of challenges for us, but especially for parents and caregivers of young children. Juggling work and home-schooling, coping with stress and uncertainty, it can certainly take a toll.
There are many ways for your family to continue learning and stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of our local partners like neighbourhood houses are now offering classes via video conferencing platforms and the YMCA have released some fantastic workout videos to do at home.
You can also visit a museum, gallery or garden, go to the zoo, or hear an orchestra perform online. Many of our institutions are offering free streaming, virtual tours and learning resources suitable for young children.
There are also some fantastic ideas to help get children outdoors and active and take a break from their screens.
Online but not screen time! Music for dancing, stories for relaxing, podcasts to stimulate curiosity and soothing soundtracks for sleeping. ABC Kids listen provides Australian families and early educators with a safe, trusted space for children to access entertaining and educational audio content.
The NGV, (National Gallery of Victoria) has a large collection of games, activity sheets, interactive e-books and even a stop-motion iPad app, all available online for free. Research shows that drawing and making is a great way to help children relax and reduce feelings of anxiety, so break out the paper and pencils and get creative at home!
Visit Victoria Walks for downloadable activity sheets to add variety to your family's walks - from including stories, treasure hunts, traffic awareness, learning the alphabet and more.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is streaming a series of musical performances specifically for the kids (although the adults will enjoy them too!). Some concerts are pre-recorded but check online for the calendar of live events.
With the museum at home project you can connect, explore and learn more from your favourite museums every day. You can find home learning, virtual tours, activities and more.
Meet a favourite resident from Cranbourne Gardens, the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot. Check in daily to see what you can do at home to unwind and maintain your connection with nature.
While Scienceworks’ doors might be closed, there’s still a whole lot of magic (& science!) going on. They've curated their best online content for you to enjoy from the couch. Learn what makes thunder and lightning, where to find the brightest stars in the night sky, take a virtual tour of their collections, do an online jigsaw puzzle and more.
Bring the zoo to you! Watch live stream cameras from Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo, so you can enjoy the zoo from anywhere. The keepers have brought their keeper talks to life through video for you to enjoy at home.
Junior Landcare and gardening icon Costa will inspire your kids to get their hands dirty, even if their 'backyard' is the nature strip outside their block of flats. Children will learn how food is grown and the importance of biodiversity in this fun and active series of videos.
- Find a guide for parents on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and children, including how to talk to children about Coronavirus at the Raising Children Network
- Keep up to date with the latest changes to our services and learn more about our response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- For more information about the Coronavirus disease itself and the latest Victorian Government restrictions see the Department of Health and Human Services
Use our activities for under 8s search to find local activities to suit your family. We will continually be adding to our collection so come back and discover something new.