Fun Things to Do
Zoom into Action
Zoom into fresh ideas for making art. The Zoom Room contains an archive of informal art activities carried out by children in the Tate galleries. Get new ideas and tips for making collages, creating snow globes, putting on performances, or carving soap sculptures.
Show Me is the place to visit to find out everything you need to know about what’s going on for children in the UK’s museums and galleries. Check out inspiring theme based ideas such as the fish Olympics and animal survival and find out what is on at museums and galleries near you. Many of these activities are free and prearranged group workshops can often be organised.
Many teenagers love the challenging messages and art forms of Banksy, and the Banksy website can be an inspirational place to start. Street art and graffiti in the local community will be out unless there is an area specifically for this, or you could turn your space into an indoor gallery with lots of opportunities for creative art and expression.
Get Creative with Blast
Blast is the BBC site for art and design, music, writing and film for young people. Each week, a new BlastCast will give you the lowdown on how to get creative in eco-fashion, b-boying, writing, VJing, MCing, making animations, scratching, film directing and beatboxing. Check out the Blast on Tour dates, great activities and lots of links to related sites.
Download creative activity ideas from the Yorkshire and Humber based Creative Minds Project.
Be inspired by events at this museum for children which is the first and foremost hands-on children’s museum in the UK and is designed especially for 0–11 year olds. Find out how the body and senses work, discover the realities of daily life, travel from the familiar backyard to amazing, faraway places around the globe and explore the science behind sound, rhythm and performance – check out the great Eureka beach idea!
Children can find out everything they want to know about sport on this packed CBBC website. Learn about rules, hear about sports stars and find out more about how to get involved.
Get masses of information on everything from wildlife to art, gardening to cartoons from this fantastic resource.
A government creativity programme for schools and young people. Take a look at some of the creative projects underway to inspire ideas for your play setting.
A cross-arts youth engagement programme for 16–24 year olds which focuses on intensive summer activity involving a range of art forms including media, fashion, dance, design and the visual and performing arts.
An online resource for early years music making hosted by Youth Music. Full of ideas and inspiration for both parents and early years practitioners.
The Promoting Sport Toolkit is a collection of simple-to-use tools to help promote sport and active recreation.
The Science Museum
The Science Museum turns science into a thrilling learning experience – and so can you! Get online ideas, inspiration and information here.
Museum of Childhood
Great ideas from the V&A Museum of Childhood.
Natural History Museum
Everything you need to know about the natural world with information, activities and nature cams from the Natural History Museum.
A resource for young people to help them learn more about all genres of music, share musical experiences, get career advice and hear the latest about Youth Music projects and initiatives in their area. Use the Local Events section to find Youth Music projects in your area, play interactive music games, test your knowledge on the monthly music quiz and leave messages on the Bulletin Board.
Drawing for everyone!
Try fun online drawing activities, and be inspired by photo galleries of events held for The Big Draw, the Campaign for Drawing’s annual October showpiece – showing how drawing can be a public activity as well as a private passion, at everyone’s fingertips!
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