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6 free educational activities for kids at home

Keep children learning through lockdown with these online programs from Sydney’s museums, galleries and festivals.

While we can’t visit our treasured museums and galleries at the moment, children can explore them from home with fun educational online programs.

If you’ve been struggling to juggle the demands of home-schooling, these 6 online activities may help you keep the kids both entertained and inspired.

From making monsters and shadow puppets to toilet roll dolls and watercolour postcards – there’s a huge variety of art lessons available from Art Gallery NSW. They also have downloadable activity sheets. See everything on offer at the gallery’s kids at home program.

Write, perform and build with Biennale of Sydney

Lockdown Love is an amazing selection of at-home activities designed for the whole family. The activities are inspired by the participants in Biennale of Sydney 2022. The resources are a great starting point that parents and educators can adapt. Creative writing, performing, building and collecting are just a few of the activities on offer.

Spark creativity with MCA

These 5 online activities are inspired by the MCA collection and suitable for kids aged 4 to 8. The museum's art-filled activities are designed to encourage kids to create, grow and feel inspired.

Or check out Art Parcel: a creative workshop for the whole family delivered to your door. Although there's a cost for this one, you can enjoy it for free with a Creative Kids voucher.

Become a scientist with Australian Museum

The team over at Australian Museum have a great educational program on offer. Sydney Science Trail is a free online adventure filled with family-friendly science programs. Arludo: Battery Low is designed to teach high-school students cutting-edge science in new and exciting ways. It’s live streamed once a month but you can catch up on past lessons anytime.

Kids can also discover the Unsettled exhibition in virtual reality and take time for reflection with this poetry writing activity book. The exhibition uncovers the untold histories of First Nations peoples.

Play with Maritime Museum

The museum has high-quality online games designed to supplement the curriculum. The games are categorised by school years and subjects. They’re a fun and immersive way to access the museum.

Party with Sydney Festival

When school’s out, turn the tunes up and dance around the house. Created for lockdown, this playlist from Sydney Festival showcases a mix of Sydney musicians.