Family activities in North Lincolnshire

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There are lots of things to do in North Lincolnshire during the October half term holidays. Take a look at the list below for activities the whole family can enjoy.

Things to do:

Get crafty with Positive Activities

Join the Positive Activities team during October half-term at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and create your own ‘Get Carter’ collage book or master the art of origami to make a pop-up book.

For more information join the Positive Activities Facebook group and call 01724 297270 to book a place.

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

Join the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre ARTivities Facebook group for some autumn crafts including leaf rubbings.

Join the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre ARTivities Facebook group

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

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

Events and activities in North Lincolnshire

The events and activities for kids group advertise local events, kids clubs and activities in North Lincolnshire.

Find out more on the events and activities Facebook page

20-21 visual arts centre

Visitors to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre can experience three new exhibitions:

  • Ted Lewis – Get Carter: 50th anniversary exhibition – artists, illustrators and designers re-imagine the cover of local author Ted Lewis’ iconic book, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
  • WOW! Said the Owl – fun, family oriented exhibition based around the Tim Hopgood children’s book about the owl who decides to stay awake all day.
  • Jerwood Makers Open – prestigious touring exhibition of contemporary craft and applied arts

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

The North Lincolnshire museum offers a great day out for all the family. You can explore through a range of award winning collections and interactive displays. 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

Water’s Edge Country Park

Water’s Edge Country Park is home to rich and varied wildlife including many rare and migratory birds. Children will love the two adventure playgrounds and the visitor centre.

Visit the Water’s Edge website

Spooky fun at Normanby hall

Are you brave enough to join the Halloween spook walk or watch the mysterious lady with her spooky owls? The walled garden at Normanby hall has an eerie transformation and becomes the perfect setting for ghosts, witches and even a mad scientist to take residence for October half term. Grab your scary masks and capes and bring the family to enjoy these hair-raising experiences.

Visit Normanby hall events

Ghost Ape this Halloween

Fancy a go at a treetops high ropes experience in the dark?

Join the Go Ape Facebook page

Pumpkin trail at the Pink Pig farm

The Pink Pig farm is holding a pumpkin festival from 20 to 31 October.  Enjoy activities like pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving, meet the witch in her coven, themed food and drink, plus loads more!

Visit the Pink Pig farm website

Halloween scavenger hunt at Heslam Park

Take part in the Halloween scavenger hunt at Heslam Park in Scunthorpe. Lots of fun for the whole family.

Join the Heslam Park Facebook page

Pick your own pumpkin at Thornton Abbey Maize Maze

Come and pick your own pumpkin, or carve it at the farm and let us take the mess away! No admission charge, just buy your carving kit and get creating!

Join the Thornton Abbey Facebook page

Halloween treats at North Lincolnshire Museum

The Museum have a variety of treats for the family to enjoy, from spooky trails to ghost stories and crafts, plus themed activities on Dudley’s Takeaway Facebook group.

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

Dandi’s play area – Halloween session

Dandi’s Halloween play session includes entry, drink, meal and Halloween themed goody bag. Prizes for the best costume.

Join the Dandi’s Playarea Facebook page

Halloween family fun at Water’s Edge country park

This Halloween at Water’s edge you will be able to experience the spooky trail, make your very own pumpkin or witch pottery and create crafts together at the Family Hands Halloween session.

Join the Water’s Edge Facebook page

Science Stars – the wonders of the human body

An exciting and educational hands on workshop takes place on 26 October at Baysgarth school. It includes two exciting experiments.

Join the Science Stars Facebook page

Spooky ARTivities at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

Create some Halloween arts and crafts during your visit at one of the ARTivity tables.

Join the 20-21 Visual ARTivities Facebook group.

Room on the Broom comes to Baysgarth Park

Join North Lincolnshire Library and Words Count at Baysgarth Park and enjoy the classic children’s tale of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.

Book you place on Eventbrite.

Make a paper ghost 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

Halloween craft ideas

Find some easy Halloween crafts to make during the half term holidays.

Watch Easy Kids Craft on Youtube

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 on the education resources page on 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 on our 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 on 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

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

Multi-sports sessions with Positive Activities

During the October half-term young people aged eight to 18 years can take part in sports activity sessions at both Epworth and Baysgarth Leisure Centres.

Find out more on the Positive Activities Facebook group and call 01724 297270 to book a place.

Swimming sessions at our leisure centres

We operate five swimming pools in North Lincolnshire and offer a wide range of swimming sessions. The details are on our leisure centre page.

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. At their website, you’ll find 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, 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 on 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 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 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

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. 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 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 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 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.

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

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 tiger 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 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 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

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