Webcams and Virtual Tours
Osprey Cam: Live from Loch Arkaig in Scotland, the Woodland Trust shows off its breeding pair, Louis and Aila.
Zoo Webcams: a list of popular webcams from some of the best zoos and sanctuaries around the world. A variety of creatures are there to observe. The British Museum: leads you on a world tour of objects from its collection. Search by time period or area of interest.
United States Holocaust Museum: Virtual Field Trip (parental supervision recommended)
Anne Frank Museum: online tours and resources, created in memory of the famous young diarist.
Buckingham Palace: Virtual Tour
Egyptian Pyramids: Virtual Tour
Macchu Picchu, Peru: Virtual Tour
National Archaeological Museum of Greece: Virtual Tour
Palestine Museum: ‘Jerusalem Lives’ exhibition: Virtual Tour
United States National Women’s History Museum: Online Tour
Louvre Museum, Paris: Virtual Tour
Google Arts and Culture: take virtual tours of thousands of online galleries around the world.
National Gallery: 360 degree views of many of the gallery’s most famous locations, from individual portraits to large, dramatic alterpieces.
Art UK: every publicly owned artwork in the UK, digitised.
Music, Film, Stage & TV (parental supervision recommended)
Grammy Awards Museum: Virtual Tour
Montreux Jazz Festival: Free online concerts to stream
Sonnet A Day: Watch Sir Patrick Stewart perform a different Shakespearean sonnet each day.
Globe Theatre: stream live and recorded performances from your home.
TED Ed: educational video lessons
BBC Sound Archive: create your own soundscape or soundtrack with this archive of over 16,000 sound effects. Exploration of the Day: A new art assignment every day by artist Keri Smith.
Draw with Rob: Draw along videos for all the family, hosted by artist Rob Biddulph.
Adventures at Home: These activities, although curated by Girl Guiding UK, are suitable for all ages and genders.
Artful Parent: Creative activities for parents and children to do together.
Free Colouring Books: Pages to colour from world class libraries and museums
My Home, My Museum: Curate your own museum exhibit with the help of the Liverpool World Museum.
Creative Bug: Online classes and workshops in various creative activities
STEAM Co: Using Art to support STEM.
Map Crunch: Always wanted to travel, but can’t? Map Crunch takes you to a random location in the world, powered by Google Maps. Why not ‘visit’ two places and see how they compare?
Access Mars: Being indoors can’t even stop you from visiting space, thanks to the work of the team behind the Mars Curiosity Rover.
NASA Image Library: Speaking of space, NASA’s entire image gallery is now available to the public. ZoomQuilt: This infinitely zooming image by artist Nikolas Baumgarten is oddly mesmerising, and a good prompt for how every artwork can contain the smallest details!
Pobble 365: a daily image to give a spark of inspiration for story writing and media literacy
Books, Games and Entertainment
Playing Cards: a range of games (card and otherwise!) to play online.
Mouse Circus: Watch Neil Gaiman and his famous friends read two of his books – Coraline and The Graveyard Book – in full.
Busy Toddler: activities to entertain your EYFS child
CBeebies Radio: listening activities for younger children
The Great Indoors: various at-home activities collated by the Scouts.
Pipes and Ladders: free downloadable game to teach children about water pollution
Lego: online Lego games
Oxford Owl: Free reading books at home
Tate Kids: Free art based games, activities and quizzes
TTS Activities: free downloadable workbooks for primary age children
United by Literacy: Free picture books online
World of David Walliams: free activities based on his popular books
Storyline Online: Free online stories and videos
Oliver Jeffers: activities and information based on Jeffers’ books
CBeebies Bedtime Stories
Book Trust: various book related activities online
Health and Wellbeing
Book of Beasties: This developer of children’s mental health games has released a free home learning kit to support families.
Headspace: this website and app provides a mixture of free and paid for subscriptions to aid sleep and relaxation through meditation.
Diverse Dance Mix: Inclusive dance programmes suitable for all ages.
Sadler’s Wells Workshops: the famous dance company has expanded its range of free family friendly workshops, especially suitable for children unable to attend school.
TaiFlow: 5 minute Tai Chi routines to promote wellbeing and mindfulness.
Yoga with Adriene: free 30 minute yoga challenges to build into your daily fitness practice.
PE with Joe: Joe Wicks’ hugely popular PE workouts are available to stream live daily from 9am, or at your leisure. There are also workouts for adults and older people to keep fit.
Fitness Blender: free workouts of varying lengths, suitable for all abilities.
Support and Advice (Academic and Personal)
NRich Maths: a range of free problem solving and mastery activities to develop your children’s Maths skills.
Silver Line: a free, confidential advice line for older people.
Young Minds: an advice line for young people and their parents regarding mental health and wellbeing.
7 Cups: online therapy and counselling
BBC Bitesize: Help with homework, revision and learning for Primary and Secondary.
BrainPop: support for topics across the curriculum
Classroom Secrets: Independent activities for children to support learning
Otherwise Education: supporting the education of children in becoming well rounded human beings
For Grown Ups
OpenLearn: The Open University has expanded its catalogue of FREE courses. Check them out here.
Stay at Home Comedy Festival: a variety of famous entertainers encourage us to stay at home through the medium of laughter.