Family activities in North Lincolnshire

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With school holidays underway, there are lots of days out and exciting activities taking place across North Lincolnshire for the whole family to enjoy.

We’ve brought together the below list of things to enjoy whilst social distancing. There’s lots to get stuck into, from storytelling and Disney dance-alongs to photography skills and virtual tours.

Things to do:

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

20-21 Visual Arts Centre bring some of the most exciting exhibitions to the heart of Scunthorpe, including Brick By Brick, which, last autumn, featured Lego artists from around the world.

Now you can join the fun at home! 20-21 Visual Arts Centre ARTivities is a new Facebook group where the team suggests simple crafts and fun family challenges to enjoy at home. Learn to make your very own LEGO mini figure.

Join the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre ARTivities Facebook group.

Make your own daffodil with North Lincolnshire Museum

Join Dudley the bear and design your own daffodil with an easy step-by-step guide from North Lincolnshire Museum. This is just one activity from ‘Dudley’s Takeaway’, a new Facebook group featuring themed craft activities, mystery quizzes and much more.

Join North Lincolnshire Museum’s ‘Dudley’s Takeaway’ Facebook group.

Make a paper bag elephant with Mister Maker

Feeling crafty? Popular children’s presenter Mister Maker has lots of simple ideas using leftover cardboard and packaging around the home.

Watch Mister Maker’s YouTube channel.

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 at the Jigsaw Planet website.

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.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre

Visitors to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre can experience three exhibitions; Our Plastic Ocean by photographer Mandy Barker, The Way of all Flesh by Jamie Frost, and Uncertain Spaces: Spirits of Place and Foreshadowing by realist painter, Andy Cropper, which shows paintings of nocturnal cityscapes. A booking system is in place for people who are shielding, enabling them to reserve a 3pm to 4pm shielded visitor slot.

Visit the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre website.

Arial Trail

Those seeking an adrenaline filled adventure can swing through the high ropes course at Arial Trail, close to the Pink Pig Farm.

Visit the Arial Trail website.

Messingham Zoo

Families can enjoy the popular animal experiences once more at Messingham Zoo, getting up close to some amazing, rarely seen creatures. New additions to the family-run business include Brid, the baby Emu.

Normanby Hall Country Park

Normanby Hall Country Park has reopened to members, with pass holders able to unwind in 300 acres of natural beauty. Younger visitors will want to meet the friendly farmer and his animals at the family farm and take part in free animal handling sessions. Thrill seekers can also head to Go Ape Normanby Hall for a tree top adventure.

Visit the Normanby Hall website.

North Lincolnshire Museum

Visitors to the museum can enjoy a new exhibition. ‘Medieval Crafts’ celebrates the skills and artistry of the period. People need to pre-book their tickets online. Dedicated time slots for those with accessibility requirements are also available.

The Pink Pig Farm 

There’s so much for the whole family to enjoy at the Bottesford-based farm, including animals to meet, a tractor circuit to ride around, giant pillows to burn off energy, race toboggans and much more. Pre-booking is essential.

Visit The Pink Pig Farm website.

Support for home learning

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has produced a set of resources designed to be used by schools and parents/carers to support home learning.

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 at the coronavirus: online education resources page at the government website.

Complete a free distance learning course

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

Sign up for a distance learning course at North Lincolnshire Council’s Adult Education and Community Learning website.

Support your child’s online safety with activities from ThinkUKnow

ThinkUKnow have created a page to support parents during the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home.

Find out more at the ThinkUKnow 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.

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 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.

This year the Coronavirus has meant that students finished Year 11 abruptly with little time for transition. Whilst younger pupils are being set regular homework there are now no GSCEs for Year 11 to complete and with months to go before starting somewhere new, many students have been left wondering what to do. The good news is that there are things that you can be doing to help you prepare for your next step, whatever that may be.

We have produced a guide to help signpost you to some of these things.

Brush up on your photography skills

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.

Book a bikeability session

First Step Cycle have organised free level 1 & 2 Bikeabilty sessions for Year 5 & 6 pupils in North Lincolnshire, running from the 27 to 29 July.

To book, call First Step Cycle on 0330 088 7020.

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 at 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 at the Curly’s Athletes Facebook page.

Exercise videos by NHS Fitness Studio’s

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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at the This Girl Can website.

Make learning active and fun at home with imoves

Whether it’s a quick 2-minute active blast, 10-minute blasts with additional learning points, or full lessons; imoves inspires children active in the home.

Join the imovement at 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. At their website, you’ll find videos demonstrating FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing.

Find out more at the Funetics website.

Look after your Mind, Body and Fuel 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 at the 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 at 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 by email: surestartchildrenscentres@northlincs.gov.uk

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 at the Mush website.

Join the Silly Squad and sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge lasts until Saturday 26 September. The theme is designed to celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children will join the Silly Squad, a crew of fun-loving animals who enjoy exploring lots of different types of funny books.

Find out more at the Summer Reading Challenge website.

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 at 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. View or download the accompanying activity pack.

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 at the BorrowBox page at the North Lincolnshire Council website.

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 at the North Lincolnshire Libraries page at our website.

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 at the PressReader website.

Storytime with David Walliams

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

Listen to the story at 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 at the Tape2Tape website.

Compete in the virtual pub quiz with The Wortley House Hotel 

Join more than 200 families and Scunthorpe based Wortley House Hotel for a virtual pub quiz, Sundays at 4pm.

Join the quiz on the Lockdown Quiz Facebook page.

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 Twelth 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 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

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 at the Songkick website.

Enjoy a trip to the canal without opening your front door

As an alternative to visiting in person, the Canal & 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 at the Canal & 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.

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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at their website.

10 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 Every Mind Matters page at 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 at 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 at 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 at the Keep and Share website.

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 at the Messingham Zoo Facebook page.

Spot a tiger at Edinburgh Zoo

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

Watch the webcams at 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 here.

Explore the hidden worlds of the National Parks

Follow National Park rangers on their journeys around Hawaiian volcanoes and Alaskan Fjords.

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 at 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 at the Switch Zoo website.

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