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Best virtual festivals for families
Eight of the best virtual festivals for families
Leave the tent in its bag: with many of this summer’s festivals cancelled, we’ve rounded up the best online events for families.
Best literacy home schooling resources
Best literacy home schooling resources
Whether your child is just learning to read and print letters or looking for ways to put their creative writing skills to the test, we've...
Best wildlife and nature home schooling resources
Best wildlife and nature home schooling resources
Watch wildlife webcams, construct habitats, grow seeds on a windowsill and make eco-friendly choices – we've rounded up the best nature and...
Best science home schooling resources
Best science home schooling resources
You don't need a Bunsen burner, a chemistry set or a science degree to share these STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities...
Life skills your child should learn
19 life skills your child can learn during lockdown
Take a break from schoolwork and help your child master a new skill that’ll set them up for the future. Which of these everyday tasks will they...
Family outdoor learning activities
Easy outdoor learning adventures
Exploring the outside world is an important part of a child's learning experience, but it's not always easy when you have space and time...
Best kids' activity packs to download
Best kids' activity packs to download
Top up the resource bank and keep the kids busy at home with reading, puzzles, crafting, science and other screen-free activities. They're all...
Make family memories during lockdown
15 ways to make family memories during lockdown
Stargazing, scrapbooks and salt dough… Our favourite ways of making the most of your time together at home.
Reading challenges for primary school kids
60 reading challenges for primary school kids
Great ideas for keeping your child engaged with reading and broadening their taste in books.
Best art home schooling resources
Best art home schooling resources
Whether you want to learn to doodle, draw flowers, illustrate Marvel comics or create a portrait of a Disney character, our pick of the best home...
Best history home schooling resources
Best history home schooling resources
Don't be overwhelmed by the number of wonderful home education materials available to you as a parent – we've picked our favourite history-...
Hands-on science fun for kids
Hands-on science fun
Transform one substance into another and watch colours and textures change right in front of your eyes with our at-home, hands-on science activity...
Best podcasts for kids
The best child-friendly podcasts to pass the time
If you’re looking for new ways to keep your kids entertained and educated at home (without eyes on screens!) then look no further. Podcasts are this...
Become a board game family on a budget
Become a board game family on a budget
Determined to make the best out of enforced lockdown togetherness? Introducing some play time, for adults as well as children, might be the answer....
50 of the best virtual trips and educational experiences for families
50 of the best virtual trips and educational experiences for families
You and your family may have to spend time indoors, but thanks to your laptop you can let the world come to you instead – take a trip round Frida...
Learning during school closures and self-isolation
Helping your child learn during coronavirus school closures
The latest updates on how coronavirus could affect your child’s learning, plus advice on establishing work and study routines at home.
Family learning activities at the British Museum in London
Museums reviewed by parents: British Museum
World-renowned, big columns, ancient artefacts, absolutely enormous – what else comes to mind when thinking about a visit to the British Museum? Our...
Children helping others with charity work
15 ways your child can make a difference to others
From donating outgrown shoes to planting trees, there are lots of ways for your child to support charities, help the environment and take care of...
Seven Stories in Newcastle upon Tyne
Museums reviewed by parents: Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books
Bring your child's favourite stories to life with a trip to Seven Stories in Newcastle upon Tyne, a haven for book- and story-lovers of all ages...
Life Science Centre, Newcastle
Museums reviewed by parents: The Life Science Centre
An award-winning visitor attraction and educational facility, Newcastle’s Life Science Centre is packed with hands-on science opportunities for...
Great North Museum: Hancock
Museums reviewed by parents: The Great North Museum: Hancock
The Great North Museum: Hancock is a popular family destination in Newcastle upon Tyne and offers exhibitions and activities for children of all ages...
Museums reviewed by parents: We the Curious
Museums reviewed by parents: We the Curious
Discover the wonders of the human body, the solar system and the Earth’s ecosystem through the lens of technology and science at Bristol’s mad and...
The Museum of Cardiff from the outside on a sunny day.
Museums reviewed by parents: Museum of Cardiff
Get to know the city of Cardiff inside and out during a visit to this charming museum. Interactive exhibitions and fun family games reveal a rich...
Child enjoying a science education activity at Techniquest
Museums reviewed by parents: Techniquest
Explore the world of science, technology, engineering and maths in Cardiff’s innovative museum, Techniquest. If your child hasn’t shown an interest...
National Museum Cardiff reviewed for parents
Museums reviewed by parents: National Museum Cardiff
The National Museum in Cardiff combines fascinating exhibitions with year-round displays of the natural world and child-friendly activities. Expect a...
DIY Forest School activities
11 DIY Forest School activities
Help your child embrace the great outdoors and create your own DIY "Forest School" at home with these back-to-nature learning ideas.
Best geography games for children
Best geography games for children
There's no need to pack – travel the length and breadth of our world with these brilliant geography board games and card games, great for...
Tate St Ives © Ian Kingsnorth
Museums reviewed by parents: Tate St Ives
Winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 (the world's largest museum prize), Tate St Ives has been drawing crowds back to its spectacular...
Wheal Martyn, Cornwall
Museums reviewed by parents: Wheal Martyn, Cornwall
Set within 26 acres of woodland, this family-friendly country park is home to the world's only china clay mining museum. Find out more about...
Best books for children who love reading comics
Best books for kids who love comics
Comics, graphic novels, Marvel, DC... a world that children know lots about, even more than many adults! Primary school teacher and children's...
Learning activities on a budget
10 at-home learning ideas that hardly cost a penny
Keep your child entertained with these brilliant budget-friendly learning activities.
Halloween science experiments for kids
Halloween science fun
Watch as a tissue ghost magically dances without you touching it, tie a bone in a knot to learn why calcium is so important for strong bones and...
100 Screen-free Ways to Beat Boredom
4 screen-free boredom-busting activities
Why don't you put down that phone, turn off that tablet, switch off the television and do something less boring instead? Make a marshmallow...
Summer science experiments and fun
Summer science fun
Make the most of summer with two hands-on experiments from scientist Michelle Dickinson, perfect for long lazy days of uninterrupted sunshine. Make...
How to raise an environmentally conscious child
How to raise an environmentally conscious child
Teaching our kids to take responsibility for the world around them is a duty for every parent, according to TV presenter and author Nick Baker. We...
Best activity books for kids
Best activity books for children
Whether you're on the move or at home, a great activity book offers hours of screen-free learning and fun. Crosswords, maths challenges, mystery...
© National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Museums reviewed by parents: National Maritime Museum Cornwall
The National Maritime Museum Cornwall's light and airy building, with its wheel-friendly design, is a haven for young families, but enjoyed by...
Eden Project
Museums reviewed by parents: the Eden Project
Hailed by some as the 'eighth wonder of the world', this disused china clay pit is now a thriving global garden. Eden's two '...
© Edinburgh Zoo
Museums reviewed by parents: Edinburgh Zoo
Watch giant pandas having their lunch, catch penguins on parade and even dance alongside colour-changing disco chameleons (!) – there's a world...
Kew Gardens for families © Kew Gardens
Museums reviewed by parents: Kew Gardens
The largest UNESCO World Heritage Site in London, Kew Gardens is a park with a difference, home to 30,000 plant species (including the world’s oldest...