Family Friendly Half-Term Activities

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

With no Zoom school for the kids, are you wondering how to keep the family entertained this half-time? Read on to discover family-friendly activities to try to keep everyone occupied! 

Get creative at home

Try a new creative activity at home. There are so many things you can do; from colouring in to jigsaw puzzles, jewellery making, fabric flower corsage making.... the list is endless. The artists from the Bluecoat Display Centre have created a series of digital workshops with a whole range of different creative activities you can make and do using household objects that you probably already have. You can find them on The Life Rooms Online. Registration is free, just click here to get started! 

Cook together

Getting children to eat healthy can be a struggle but they might enjoy a meal that they have helped make themselves. Join Life Rooms chef duo, Anthony and his son Jacob, as they join forces in the kitchen to create some delicious recipes including stuffed jacket potatoes, cheeseburgers, no-bake flapjacks and rocky road. You can find Cooking with Kids on The Life Rooms Online. Registration is free, simply click here to get started!

Visit the Zoo or a Museum.... Virtually! 

National Museums Liverpool have collected a whole host of online activities for families to do from creating ships out of household rubbish to exploring photography, storytelling, Lego building and face painting. Click here to go to the National Museums Liverpool website to explore more.

Chester Zoo are now hosting Virtual Zoo days so whilst we can't go to the zoo, the zoo can come to us.... online! If you've missed any of their Virtual Zoo days, you can find them on their Youtube and Facebook page. To find out more, including when Chester Zoo is next live streaming a Virtual Zoo day, click here.

Travel the world.... online! 

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the greatest wonders of the natural world! To discover more about this amazing ecosystem, head to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation for their Kids' Activity Corner with plenty of fun, educational activities to do.

Get dressed up! 

Fairy Sparkles of the Liverpool Everyman and the Playhouse Theatres has created a Costume Challenge in her Craft Corner and made a number of videos showing you how to create your own fairy costume at home with everyday objects. Why not have a go at making your own costume and get dressed up? Photoshoot and fashion catwalk optional but highly recommended. To get started, click here.

Get drawing!

Artist Rob Biddulph has created Youtube videos with easy to follow instructions on how to draw different animals in a fun, colourful style. Grab some pens and some paper and click here to have a go!

CBBC Activities

The CBBC website has so many different quizzes and activities for the kids to do, all focussed on their favourite CBBC characters. Click here to visit the website and discover how to make the perfect pancake, all about Tracey Beaker and many others!

BBC Bitesize

The BBC Bitesize website has plenty of different activities for younger children, older children and parents including activities for learning, ways to get active at home (including PE with Joe Wicks) and mindfulness techniques to help with children's mental wellbeing whilst they're at home. 

Save the Children Activities

The Save the Children website has many activities including ways to support children's mental health and wellbeing throughout this time so if you're looking for information or advice, or things to do to keep the children occupied during lockdown, head to the Save the Children website to explore more. 

NHSChange4Life

The NHS Change4Life campaign has lots of ways to keep the family healthy, from delicious recipes for the whole family to 10 minute indoor games featuring favourite characters from Disney and Pixar to get the kids moving when they're feeling restless or the weather is rubbish. Click here to head to the NHSChange4Life website. 

This is a long list but it's just a taster of things that you can do to keep everyone occupied during the half-term break. There are plenty of things that you can also do as a family during your daily walk as well, from scavenger hunts to I-spy to nature walks in your local park, just remember to keep your distance to stay safe. 

Finally, if you're still looking for ideas, click here for 50 ways to keep busy and look after during lockdown to suit a range of budgets.

We hope this is enough to keep you and the family entertained but if you're stuck for ideas, call our Life Rooms Pathways Advice Service on 0151 478 6556 or email liferooms.support@merseycare.nhs.uk and they can help you find local activities to do online or signpost you to one of our partner organisations to support you.