6 fun and educational things to do to keep the kids entertained inside
We’re all on lockdown but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with the kids these school holidays. Check out these free, fun educational activities provided by Darling Harbour locals.
School holidays are here and, thanks to COVID19, you're probably wondering what on Earth you’re going to do to keep the kids entertained. We’re in the middle of a crazy time right now but you can still have a fun, action-packed holiday with your little ones - you’ll just need to get a little creative.
Get started by checking out these Darling Harbour locals who’ve set up fun and educational online activities for kids.
Hang out with wild animals at WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo
Ever seen a giant saltwater croc snap barramundi out of the air? How about a smiley little quokka enjoying a chin scratch?
You can see all this and more thanks to WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo’s live streamed animal talks, feeds and cuddles. These include educational presentations from zookeepers so that the kids can learn all about the Australian animal kingdom while you sit back and enjoy a little quiet time.
Live stream sea creature at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Once you’ve gotten your daily quote of quokka cuteness, why not watch the penguins at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium waddle about? Or catch the weekly shark feeding frenzy?
This iconic Sydney Aquarium live streams talks from their keepers and aquarists as well as up close experienced with their most exciting and adorable creatures. Just sign up here and follow them on Facebook and they’ll let you know when the next live stream is happening.
Play games at the Australian National Maritime Museum
The Australian National Maritime Museum website is stacked with educational games and activities that’ll teach your kids the story of our country’s long history at sea and keep them occupied for days.
There’s an original game where kids can play a ship captain, transporting English convicts to Australia in 1830, back when it was known as Van Diemen’s Land. There are dozens of activity sheets packed with colouring, drawing, writing and puzzles that’ll teach your kids about everything from pirates to deep sea creatures. If your little ones are creative, there are also arts, crafts and baking guides that’ll help you create your own miniature terrarium, pirate cookies, carrot submarines and more.
Keep learning with Merlin’s Toolbox
Merlin’s Toolbox has a massive selection of fun lessons, videos and educational content for kids. There are educational worksheets that make it easy to run lessons with your kids on topics like conservation, animal habitats, history, modern media and much more.
There are also links to heaps of educational video content from the teams at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo, Legoland and Illawarra Fly Treetop adventures.
Get the kids into yoga with Darling Harbour Yoga sessions
It’s easy to get stuck to the couch working your way through Netflix’s library of children’s content, but at a time like this, it’s more important than ever to get the kids up and active. To make it easy, Darling Quarter’s weekly pre-schooler yoga sessions are going online!
These sessions are tailored for children aged two to five (but are suitable for all primary school aged children) and are hosted by DeeDee, a qualified yoga instructor who specialises in teaching kids. They’re a great way to help your wee ones connect with their bodies and to promote focus and bodily awareness. All you need to join is a device or TV with Wi-Fi, a yoga matt or soft surface and a small cloth to throw. Sessions are every Monday at 10am.
Order desserts delivered from Darling Harbour
If all else fails, dessert is a great way to bribe your kids for some peace and quiet. There’s no need to train as a pastry chef before the school holidays (or even get off the couch) because several local Darling Harbour restaurants will deliver desserts directly to your door.
You’re spoilt for choice but if we were you, we’d go for gourmet gelato from Gelato Messina, or handmade donuts from Short Stop. These donuts are so good you may not want to share with the kids at all.