20 awesome things to do (at home) with your little Londoners in April 2020 and beyond

  1. Head to Tate Kids for a virtually endless supply of fun at-home arty activities, including marbled paper making, Warhol-inspired Pop Art crafting, chocolate painting, friendship-bracelet making plus loads of art-themed games and quizzes.
  2. The RA might have closed its physical doors but there’s plenty of fun to be had on its website, including stop-frame animation making, vegetable printing, life drawing and even virtual walkthroughs of the gallery’s current exhibitions.
  3. NPG is offering three free activity books, all downloadable from its website. Choose from Playful Portraits, featuring Ben Whishaw, My Magical Journeys, inspired by favourite writers, and My Superheroes, featuring Emmeline Pankhurst.
  4. From the 1st, Sadler’s Wells is running a series of Family Dance Workshops. Led by Cherie Coleman, who runs Family Friday sessions, the workshops will feature 10 different movement activities for children aged 2 to 6 years to follow at home.
  5. Somerset House’s annual Now Play This game-design festival returns from the 3th-5th – this time in virtual form. Expect participatory workshops, virtual field trips and podcasts, all redesigned to enjoy from the comfort of your living room.
  6. South London Gallery’s Bad Drawing Club takes place every Thursday at 3.30pm and is open to all. Join from your home using whatever materials you can get your hands on and submit your drawings on Instagram using #BadDrawingClubUK.
  7. Pilates gurus Mamma Method are offering daily Livestream classes you can join in with from your living room. Take part in classic baby-wearing pilates classes each morning or check out the weekly Yoga & Stretch session that’s open to everyone.
  8. Bring Your Baby is offering Bring Your Brain Cells/Kids broadcasts as livestreams or downloadable broadcasts. Choose from primary/secondary general knowledge or sports and movie specials, then play along with your quarantine buddies.
  9. Punk Me Up’s East Dulwich cafe might be closed for now but you can still decorate your own beautiful ceramics using one of their Paint at Home Kits. Choose from fairies, unicorns, teapots and more and get them delivered for free if you live in SE.
  10. Half Moon Theatre is bringing the magic of the stage to your living room by offering access to some of its amazing shows online. Productions will include Butterflies for ages 3-8 from the 1st and Need a Little Help for ages 2-7 from the 15th.
  11. V&A is offering a brilliant range of online resources during the museum’s closure, including installation views and guided Zoom tours of its current exhibitions, ‘sew your own’ how-to’s inspired by Mary Quant, and plenty to watch and read.
  12. The British Museum‘s website is packed with things to keep you and your little ones occupied during lockdown, from virtual tours of some of its major exhibitions to learning resources for ages 3+, including printmaking, storytelling and lots more.
  13. Head to the Museum of London‘s site during lockdown for lots of fun home-learning ideas. Create a costume inspired by London’s past fashions, or play the Move and Make game and design your own London vehicles and buildings.
  14. Florence Nightingale Museum has made its entire Nightingale in 200 Objects, People & Places exhibition available to discover online, with highlights including a recording of Nightingale’s voice and a Florence Nightingale Barbie.
  15. The amazing Stretched Mums is offering a packed weekly schedule of live online yoga classes to enjoy during lockdown, from gentle pregnancy yoga to a restorative session designed to reduce anxiety, release tension and lift your mood.
  16. There’s plenty to get stuck into on the Royal Museums Greenwich site. Read the desert island guide to self isolation, build your own solar system in a box – or try making one from fruit – then head to their Facebook page for a live feed from Space.
  17. The Science Museum website is where it’s at for kids during lockdown. Online activities include making your own planes and rocket mice, embarking on a virtual museum trip, fun with bubbles and ear gongs, and creating a magnetic maze.
  18. Drag Queen Story Time offers an online service where you can stream sessions directly into your home. These inclusive sessions include songs, stories, deleted scenes and bonus content from a host of super-positive queer role models.
  19. The brilliant Staying In Sign Club with Ettie Betty Baby Signs takes place every weekday morning from 10.30am. Classes can be watched live or later and follow a different theme each day, with songs and stories to help little ones learn BSL.
  20. Bach to Baby is offering online concerts during lockdown, with the first one taking place on the 3rd. These live living-room concerts will around last half an hour and combine great classical music with your favourite nursery rhymes on request.

Babu gets her shop on at Purple Dragon, Chelsea.