Family activities in North Lincolnshire

Take a look at the list below for activities the whole family can enjoy. See also the school holiday activities page.

Things to do

North Lincolnshire Museum

Lots of arts and crafts to try – or get into gardening with North Lincolnshire Museum.

View our Facebook page with over 200 family arts and craft activities to try.

Get creative and share your art projects with 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

Join the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre ARTivities Facebook group for some great crafts.

Join the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre ARTivities Facebook group

Art and pottery courses at Waters Edge

Fancy making a stags head from willow? Or trying your hand at pottery? Take a look at the art and pottery courses on offer at Waters Edge Country Park in Barton upon Humber.

Make real life masterpieces with Tate Kids

Interested in art? Tate Kids brings information and ideas on the world of art to your doorstep. You can learn about everything from modernism to surrealism through their videos.

Watch the Tate Kids YouTube channel

Create your own jigsaw puzzle

Create, play and share jigsaw puzzles at Jigsaw Planet.

Find out more on the Jigsaw Planet website

You will also find jigsaws for children and adults at North Lincolnshire Museum.

Develop your child’s communication skills with the BBC’s Tiny Happy People

Tiny Happy People help you develop your child’s communication skills. Explore simple activities and play ideas and find out about their amazing early development.

Visit the Tiny Happy People page on the BBC website

Building young brains with the Big Little Moments

Babies and toddlers are growing and learning every day and the little moments you share can make a big difference. From morning time to bedtime, waiting for the bus to playing together, every moment is a chance to help build a child’s brain.

Find out more on the Big Little Moments page at the Small Steps Big Changes website

Try baking some showstopper bakes with the Great British Bake Off team.

Learn some new recipes from the BBC Good Food website.

Complete an online distance learning course

Kick-start your online learning and sign up for a distance learning course with North Lincolnshire Adult Education and Community Learning. From Principles of Business Administration to Understanding Nutrition and Health, there’s something for everyone.

Some courses are currently free of charge.

Sign up for a distance learning course on our Adult Education and Community Learning website

Government list of home education resources

The government has brought together a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These sites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

Find out more on the education resources page on the government website

Support home learning with BBC Bitesize

There are lots of fun and interactive session and games for children of all ages across the curriculum at BBC Bitesize.

Visit the Bitesize page at the BBC website

Teaching resources from Twinkl

Twinkl is a trusted home of teacher-created planning and assessment materials. Perfect for inside and outside of the classroom.

Browse the resources at the Twinkl website

Learn British sign language

Learn a new skill with actor and dancer Natasha Lamb, who has been teaching children and families British Sign Language.

Watch Natasha’s sign language demonstrations on her YouTube channel

Learn digital skills with Learn My Way

The Learn My Way website has a series of short courses to help you get the most out of being online, including advice on using Office programs, finding a job and managing your money online. A useful resource for complete beginners or those wanting to build up their skills, knowledge and confidence.

Find out more at the Learn My Way website

Create your own fantasy world and games with code

Barclays Bank have created a code playground where they offer free and fun coding sessions for young people, parents and professionals.

You can create music, build and star in your very own computer games.

The North Lincs Camera Club is a relaxed friendly environment where people can get together and discuss photography.

Find out more on the North Lincs camera club Facebook page

Love photography? Some of the biggest names in the imaging industry are sharing top tips and techniques to try at home through free classes and webinars.

Snap to it at the Digital Camera World website

Make food matter –  love food hate waste

To truly understand why edible food gets chucked away we’d like you to become an investigator.  We want you to monitor how much food you and your family throw away at home for one week.

Visit the lovefoodhatewaste website – includes downloadable food diary, asto-nosh-ing food facts, kids recipes and much more.

Sort your sock stuff out – love your clothes

Keep your family’s odd, mismatched or holey socks out of the bin by trying some of these 101 uses for a lonely sock – or get crafty and make yourself a member of the sock posse.

Visit the loveyourclothes website.

The action pack – recycle now

Help make our world a better place and teach others about recycling.

Visit the recyclenow website and share your ideas and photos.

How to get active in North Lincolnshire

Follow the NLActive facebook page to find the latest ideas, tips and advice on how to get active – including details on what’s happening in North Lincolnshire.

For walking and cycling routes visit walking escapes in North Lincolnshire and cycling in North Lincolnshire.

For the latest information on youth activities visit the Positive Activities website.

Join the world’s largest treasure hunt

Geocaching.com currently has around 561 geocaches located within 10 miles of Scunthorpe. This is a great way to get outdoors and explore.

Keep running with virtual races from Tape2Tape

Tape2Tape have created several distance races you can enter for free, with spot prizes up for grabs.

Find out more on the Tape2Tape website

Build your own running plan with Curly’s Athletes

Curly’s are helping people to build their own running plan with lots of advice on everything from strength and conditioning to endurance and rest.

Find out more on the Curly’s Athletes Facebook page

Exercise videos by NHS fitness studios

The NHS have a wealth of fitness videos and apps that anyone can use, featuring everything from aerobic exercise, to pilates and yoga.

Watch the videos on the NHS website

Stay in and work out with Sport England

Join the movement with Sport England who have put together a range of ideas that people can access to stay active whilst social distancing.

Find out more on the Sport England website

Getting active when you find exercise difficult with Age UK

People who are building up their strength and fitness can find some great ideas at Age UK, including exercises to help you after a fall, operation or if you have limited mobility.

Find out more on the Age UK website

Do a Disney dance-along

Get active with the kids and put your moves to the test as you dance-along to some of their (and yours) favourites, including Moana, The Little Mermaid and The Jungle Book.

Discover Disney dance-along videos on the This Girl Can website

Home exercises with This Girl Can

Staying in and working out? There are lots of workout tips on the This Girl Can website, designed to encourage more women and girls in to sport.

Find them on the This Girl Can website

Make learning active and fun at home with imoves

Whether it’s a quick two-minute active blast, 10-minute blasts with additional learning points, or full lessons; imoves inspires children active in the home.

Join the imovement on the imoves website

Take part in a Funetics activity

England Athletics have launched ‘Funetics’ – a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2.  Their website has videos demonstrating FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing.

Find out more on the Funetics website

Look after your mind and body with Her Spirit

A personalised coaching and community app for your mind and body – including live daily workouts, a weekly podcast, weekly community challenges, weekly live meditations, and immune boosting recipes.

Get started on Her Spirit website

Try a relaxing yoga session with Cosmic Kids Yoga

It’s important to take time to look after physical and mental wellbeing while social distancing.

Reduce anxiety and take part in Yoga by visiting the Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube channel

Dance along to the Greatest Showman with Oti Mabuse

Get your dancing shoes on with Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse as she leads online dance classes, including popular classics from Frozen and The Greatest Showman.

Join the classes at Oti Mabuse’s YouTube channel

Helpful advice for mums to be or new mums with This Mum Moves

Learn more about the benefits of an active pregnancy and continuing activity after childbirth, as well as ideas to help you move more.

Find out more on the This Mum Moves website

Take part in a virtual parent and toddler group

Children’s Centres in North Lincolnshire are offering zoom sessions in place of the usual parent and toddler groups. To take part, contact the Children’s Centre on surestartchildrenscentres@northlincs.gov.uk

Join the North Lincolnshire Youth Council

If you are aged between 11 and 19 (up to 25 with  special educational needs and disabilities) and you want to voice your opinions and have your say, you can join the Youth Council and promote your views and that of your peers.

Find out more on the website or follow them on Facebook.

Join a friendly community of fellow mums with the Mush app

Mums who use the Mush app can find friends with kids the same age, attend virtual meetups, get advice from parenting experts and fellow mums, and join chat groups based on everything from their due date to their love of reality TV.​

Find out more on the Mush website

Power of Words Festival 2022

The Power of Words Festival is back for a fifth year to celebrate the importance of reading, books and words and have a number of free events on offer across North Lincolnshire from the 4 July.

Thursday 7 July – under five’s day

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Interactive Stories with Rhubarb Theatre Company at Scunthorpe Central, 10am.

Book your free place via Eventbrite. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Interactive Stories with Rhubarb Theatre Company at Ashby Community Hub, 2.15pm.

Book your free place via Eventbrite.

Saturday 9 July – Launch of the Summer Reading Challenge 

Rashmi Sirdeshpande – award-winning author and Imagination Library author will be at Ashby Community Hub.

Book your free place via Eventbrite for the 10.30am session.

Book your free place via Eventbrite for the 1.30pm session.

Author Beth Walker will also be at Ashby Community Hub library all day reading stories and promoting her books.

Award-winning illustrator for both Iron Man and Alice in Wonderland Chris Mould is coming the Buttercross in Brigg.

Book your free place via Eventbrite for the 10am session.

Book your free place via Eventbrite for the 1.30pm session.

In celebration of this year’s summer reading challenge Gadegteers Lab are coming to Baysgarth Hub to offer families a fun gadget workshop.

Book your free place via Eventbrite for the 11.30am session.

Book your free place via Eventbrite for the 1.30pm session.

Book your free place via Eventbrite for the 2.30pm session.

20 of the best podcasts for teens from Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping have created a list of the top 20 podcasts for teens, that offer a whole range of topics such as ‘Part-Time Genius’, ‘Song Exploder’ and ‘Mental Music’

Watch storytime videos with Play Avenue

Messingham based Play Avenue are filming stories for little ones to enjoy, with the help of their lovely dogs.

Listen to the stories on the Play Avenue Facebook page

Blast into space with local children’s author Addy Farmer

In ‘A Place Called Home’, Eddy, Freddy and Blip blast off into space, landing on extraordinary planets and meeting extraordinary creatures. But what will happen when they encounter the terrifying black hole in space? Will they ever get home again? A rhyming story of adventure and bravery that’s out of this world!

Watch Addy Farmer reading ‘a place called home’ on YouTube.

Download a bestselling e-book on BorrowBox

Escape into a good book and let your imagination fly! With the free BorrowBox service from North Lincolnshire Libraries, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are a wide range of titles from authors including Lee Child, David Walliams, James Patterson and Hilary Mantel.

Find out more on our BorrowBox page

Enjoy a great selection of titles with RB Digital app

With a library card from North Lincolnshire libraries, you can download a fantastic selection of e-books, audiobooks, magazines and more for free through the RB Digital app.

Find out more on our libraries page

Access more than 700 magazines and newspapers with the PressReader app

Read your favourite magazines for free with the PressReader app. Download the PressReader app and use the Library option to sign in.

Find out more on the PressReader website

Storytime with David Walliams

Listen to a free story read by bestselling author David Walliams.

Listen to the story on the world of David Walliams website

Keep running with virtual races from Tape2Tape

Tape2Tape have created several distance races you can enter for free, with spot prizes up for grabs.

Find out more on the Tape2Tape website

Bring culture into your home with BBC Arts

The BBC are streaming performances of poetry, ballet, music and film as well as providing ideas for art activities at home through their ‘Culture in Quarantine’ programme.

Watch them at the BBC Arts page on the BBC website

Watch a production with National Theatre at Home

The National Theatre are streaming weekly recorded performances on their YouTube channel. Previous shows include Jane Eyre, One Man, Two Guvnors and Twelfth Night.

For more information visit the National Theatre website

Watch a West End show

Bring the West End to your living room every Friday evening, featuring recorded performances of top musicals from Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, including the Phantom of the Opera.

Watch the performances on the shows must go on YouTube channel

Live stream concerts

The show must go on! Songkick have brought together a list of some of the best live stream performances coming up around the globe.

Find out more on the Songkick website

Enjoy a trip to the canal without opening your front door

As an alternative to visiting in person, the Canal and River Trust are building a vast library of canal-related films, images, interactive content and stories for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

Find out more on the canal and river trust website

Set off on a cultural adventure and step inside some of the world’s best museums from the comfort of your home with a virtual tour.

Explore Normanby Hall and the Rural Life Museum

Virtual visitors can explore Normanby Hall and The Rural Life Museum – enjoy the stunning period rooms and exhibitions from the comfort of your own home.

Take the tour of the Hall, or explore the Rural Life Museum

Visit North Lincolnshire Museum

Take a virtual tour of North Lincolnshire Museum

The Streetlife Museum of Transport, Hull

Climb aboard and explore 200 years of transport history and walk through a 1940’s high street.

Take a virtual tour of the Streetlife Museum of Transport on Hull City Council’s website

The British Museum, London

The British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture, and includes world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies.

Take a virtual tour of the British Museum on their website

The Natural History Museum, London

Discover the world from your living room with 360 tours of nature walks, trails and fossil hunting as well as panoramas of the Antarctic.

These can all be found on the Natural History Museum website

The Louvre, Paris

The largest museum in the world is also home to one of its most impressive art collections, including the iconic ‘Mona Lisa’, by Leonardo da Vinci.

Take a virtual tour of The Louvre on the You Visit website

The Vatican Museums, Rome

Explore one of the world’s greatest art collections, assembled by popes since the 17th century. The virtual tour includes the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo.

Take a virtual tour of The Vatican Museums on their website

Ten tips to help if you are worried about Coronavirus

The NHS and Every Mind Matters have brought together 10 ways you can help improve your mental health and wellbeing if you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the tips on the NHS website

Activity ideas for people living with dementia

The Alzheimer’s Society have put together a blog of online activity ideas for people living with dementia, including puzzles and music playlists.

Read the blog on the Alzheimer’s Society website

ThinkNinja app

The ThinkNinja app has been updated with specific COVID-19 content.  This brings self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis.

Find out more about the app on the Helios website

Bugsy Batty: The Coronavirus

It can be hard to talk to children about the coronavirus. Author Virginia Dellow has written a story, ‘Bugsy Batty’ to help explain the changes they might be encountering.

Read the story on the Keep and Share website

Investigate minibeasts at Normanby Hall Country Park

This session is part of their summer holiday programme and will take place on Friday 3 September at 10.30am.

All events are number restricted so make sure you book via the Eventbrite link above before you go.

There is a cost involved to attend.

Watch the animals playing at Messingham zoo

Messingham zoo are keeping everyone entertained with videos of their adorable animals, including monkeys and meerkats.

Watch the videos on the Messingham zoo Facebook page

Spot a panda at Edinburgh zoo

Watch animals including pandas, tigers, koalas and penguins on live webcams from Edinburgh zoo

Watch the webcams on the Edinburgh zoo website

Bring the forest home with virtual reality

Get back to nature and entertain the children with Forestry England. Visit a tree nursery, explore forest machinery and learn about different habitats for wildlife with their virtual tour.

Find the activities on the Forestry England website

Explore the hidden worlds of the National Parks

Follow National Park rangers on their journeys around volcanoes, fjords, caverns and canyons.

Watch the digital tours on the Arts and Culture with Google website

Draw the bug face!

Wildlife and nature fans can find lots of activities, drawing ideas and fun facts sure to make you scream on BBC Earth Kids.

Enjoy the activities on the BBC Earth Kids YouTube channel

Build an online animal habitat with Switch zoo animal games

The Switch zoo website features learning resources for children to watch, listen and play games about animals.

Find out more on the Switch zoo website