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Find resources to help you stay entertained this October.

If you're looking for inspiration to keep the kids active and entertained, along with the rest of the family, look no further! We've pulled together the best we can find to support you and your family to keep boredom at bay this half-term.

Made possible with help from teams within the council and partners across the city, as well as national organisations, many of the online resources linked to from this page are FREE to access and/or download, but you may need to create an account in order to do so.

Be aware that venues and activities are operating under strict Covid-19 guidelines for everyone’s safety, which may mean that facilities may not always be available.


Fun for kids of all ages.

Want to know what's happening in your area, then check out AskLion!

Visit AskLion


From bug-hunting to nature sessions, drumming to storytelling, everything you loved about StoryParks 2019 is online to do at home this half-term.

Visit StoryParks


Nottingham City Libraries' has got this half-term covered with their Schools Out programme.

Visit Schools Out


ChalleNGe has developed a raft of fabulous activities to do along with a Creatives Activities Pack crammed with ideas for kids. With so much to choose from, they'll never be bored! XXXXXXX

Visit ChalleNGe


Activities for all the family including videos and blogs celebrating their collections and the fabulous community too, #InWithLakeside from Lakeside Arts will keep everyone entertained. 

Visit Lakeside Arts

A list of fun activities to do at home created by DAISI Education, part of Nottingham City Council.

Visit DAISI Education

 

There are lots of fabulous games, shows, and puzzles on the BBC's CBeebies website to keep the little ones amused.

Visit CBeebies 

LearnEnglish Kids wants to support parents whose children can't go to school at the moment. You can find tips and advice about helping your children practice their English at home

Visit LearnEnglish


Grab some "wild time" with The Wild Network's amazing ideas do that are creative, adventurous, and environmentally friendly too!

Visit The Wild Network

 

Join Charlotte from Nottingham Contemporary for a whole range of creative challenges, from creating a window diary to gobbledygook! 

Visit Nottingham Contemporary
 


Nottingham’s Nonsuch Studios has launched Creative Quarantine - a daily newsletter of activities for adults and children who are at home more.  

Visit Nonsuch Studio


Check out the treasure trove of fantastic activities, all inspired by David Walliams tremendous tales.

Visit The World of David Walliams

National education provider, Twinkl provide online resources for parents that are both fun and educational too.

Visit Twinkl

Bake something yummy for tea with BBC Good Food.

Visit BBC Good Food

Learn to make amazing models with paper with Origami-Fun.com!

Visit Origami-Fun.com

Try a 10-minute shake-up with your favourite Disney character, from Change4Life.

Visit Change4Life

 


Get outdoors, safely!



Enjoy the swings and slides or take a picnic to your local park with Nottingham City Council Parks and Open Spaces.

Find your nearest Park


Dust off the bikes and explore the city on two wheels with Transport Nottingham 

Find a route


Visit Stonebridge City Farm and get close to the animals, or take a look at their great activities and farm-related resources for you to enjoy!

Visit Stonebridge City Farm

Learn to ride a bike safely with Ridewise,  who are offering sessions for all ages and abilities.  The Saturday morning sessions are FREE for Nottingham City residents too!

Book a place with Ridewise


Stuck for things to do with older kids or teens? We've got you covered.



Check out our Play and Youth Service timetables at AskLion.

Visit AskLion


Think you know your football? Take Nottingham Forest's quiz.

Visit Nottingham Forest

 

The world is yours for the making and with FREE, limitless Minecraft adventures to enjoy.

Visit Minecraft

Grab your earbuds, tune in and tune out – with this list of 10 must-listen podcasts for tweens and teens, from Common Sense Media.

Visit Common Sense Media

Find a favourite activity or try something new.

 

Learn to ride a bike safely with Ridewise,  who are offering sessions for all ages and abilities.  The Saturday morning sessions are FREE for Nottingham City residents too!

Book a place

Recreate some of your favourite city landmarks with Jigsaw Planet and see if you can beat the quickest scores.

Visit Jigsaw Planet


read a book, magazine or newspaper with Nottingham City Libraries' Online Library!

Visit the Online Library


Learn to cook up a storm with Delia Smith!

Visit Delia Online

Learn how to draw with this list of FREE YouTube channels from My Modern Met. Pick up a pencil and harness your inner Picasso!

Visit My Modern Met

 


Learn to 'knit one, purl one' with this great online tutorial from AllFreeKnitting.com.

Visit AllFreeKnitting.com

​Parlez-vous français?​ Learn French, German, Spanish and more for FREE with Duolingo.

Visit ​Duolingo

 

 

 

Resources to keep the kids on track while they're at home.

 

From bug-hunting to nature sessions, drumming to storytelling, everything you loved about StoryParks 2019 is now online for you to do at home.

Visit StoryParks

 

DAISI Education have created a great list of Quick Links to online educational activities for families.

Visit DAISI Education

Nottingham City Libraries have gathered a fantastic selection of learning resources to support homeschooling.

Visit the Online Library

Join Charlotte from Nottingham Contemporary for a whole range of creative challenges, from creating a window diary, to gobbledy gook! 

Visit Nottingham Contemporary

for KS1 and 2 children's Nottingham Forest Community Trust have created some Football related lessons to keep the kids learning whilst having fun.

Visit Nottingham Forest Community Trust

Check out BBC Bitesize for daily online lessons for all ages.

Visit BBC Bitesize


Resources to help develop your child's reading, writing, speaking and listening skills with Read On Nottingham.

Visit Read On Nottingham

From birth to 12 years old  and everything in between – the National Literacy Trust's Family Zone has got you covered.

Visit the National Literacy Trust

Make music without instruments!

Visit Nottingham Music Hub

National education provider, Twinkl provide online educational resources for children of all ages in their Home Learning Hub.

Visit Twinkl

Say what you see with PhonicsPlay.co.uk.

Visit PhonicsPlay.co.uk

Learn new skills with these courses for adults.


Up-skill in your downtime – get a new qualification and improve your employability.

Nottingham Libraries are offering FREE online courses to help improve your digital skills, find new strategies to manage your health and well-being, learn new skills to help career opportunities, and even help to find a job.

Visit Nottm Libraries

Visit Coursera

Visit OpenLearn

Visit Oxford Home Study Centre

Stay physically active while staying at home.


Active Nottingham has created a Home Workouts hub where you'll find physical activities for all ages and abilities including live-streamed fitness classes every day.

Visit Active Nottingham

Work out with the UK's sporting governing body, Sport England with a range of fitness activities.

Visit Sport England

Check out Active Notts, the Active Partnership's website for more info on staying fit and healthy.

Visit Active Notts

Look after your mind and find mental health support during these unsettling times.


Look after your mind and find mental health support during these unsettling times provided by Nottingham Libraries.

Visit Nottingham Libraries

There's no need to feel lonely while social distancing – ASKLiON has pulled together all the support that's out there.

Visit ASKLiON


The Prince's Trust
offer young people somewhere to turn in this difficult period by providing them with one-to-one support over the phone and online, along with the information hub packed with resources.
Visit The Prince's Trust

 

 

Enjoy cultural experiences without leaving home.


Enjoy theatre performances from home with the National Theatre at Home live stream. 

Watch Now


For activities for all the family to videos and blogs celebrating their collections and the fabulous community too, #InWithLakeside from Lakeside Arts will keep everyone entertained. 

Visit Lakeside Arts


DAISI Education
 have created a great list of Quick Links to online museums, live theatre, live cameras and live dance/music tutorials for families in lockdown.

Visit DAISI Education

Visit Nottinghamshire are bringing the nightlife vibe to your sitting room with everything from virtual events, food delivered to your door and much more #NottGoingOut!

Visit Visit Nottinghamshire

Get comfy as artists and performers from Nottingham and beyond perform a live gig every evening as part of the LeftLion Sofa Sessions.

Visit LeftLion on Facebook

Grab the comfiest seat in the house and enjoy live music with DHP Family.

Visit DHP Family 

Enjoy 3D exhibition walk-throughs with New Art Exchange

Visit New Art Exchange

Explore Newstead Abbey and Wollaton Hall and Deer Park through blog posts.

Visit Newstead Abbey

Visit Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

Find support or offer it.


Learn to ride a bike safely with Ridewise,  who are offering sessions for all ages and abilities.  The Saturday morning sessions are FREE for Nottingham City residents too!

Book a place



ASKLiON
 has pulled together loads of useful information for parents, carers, and critical workers of children and young people.

Visit ASKLiON

 

Get help from our Warm Homes Hub whilst staying at home.  From faulty boilers to advice on saving money on heating and electricity, they've got it covered.

Download now


Find out about volunteering opportunities with Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service.

Visit NCVS

"Make a Difference" is the BBC Radio Nottingham's local campaign where you can offer help, either as an organisation or individual.

Visit BBC Radio Nottingham


The Prince’s Trust
has launched the Prince’s Trust & Nat West Enterprise Relief Fund making £5million available to support young people and their businesses through this period of uncertainty. 


Visit The Prince's Trust

 

Donate to Open Kitchens, a NEW local initiative providing high-quality delivered meals to NHS staff, key workers, and vulnerable people. 

Donate to Open Kitchens UK

*While we carefully select our recommended resources, Nottingham City Council is not responsible for any of the content provided.

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