Things to do at home
Guide to things to do at home including virtual tours and experiences, boredom breakers, and more.
If you're running an online activity, let us know at FISdigital@buckinghamshire.gov.uk
Carers Bucks are running a pumpkin decorating competition. Get creative with your pumpkin! Carve it, dress it up, paint a picture or make a papier-mâché pumpkin. Closing date 31 October.
Make your Halloween party ghoulishly good with our scary selection of cupcakes, creepy cookies, spooky sweets and devilish dinners that the kids will love.
Looking to celebrate on the safer side this Halloween? By utilising things like Zoom and Face Time, your family can still have a Halloween to remember—that's a little less trick and a little more treat.
It is getting to that exciting time of year again – Aylesbury’s annual Diwali festival!! In light of the virus, this year’s activities will be heading online as they prepare to give you a digital festival of lights, with the same infectious energy and celebration, with song, dance and cultural activities.
Enjoy this one-off opportunity to go on a virtual after-dark historical tour of Abney Park and experience the sinister side of 19th Century London as we go back in time to the era of the Gothic novel, the heart of Victorian darkness. 29 October at 7 pm, book online.
Spooky Virtual tours
If you’re looking to combat quarantine boredom, why not try something different with some exciting and spooky virtual tours. One for the older members of the family.
Forestry England has partnered with Google Expeditions to bring virtual field trips. To access the virtual tours, download the free Google Expeditions app to your device and search for 'Forestry England'.
Zoos and Aquariums
See the Penguins live at Edinburgh Zoo.
Click and drag your way around SeaWorld Orlando.
From Elephants and Giraffes to Leafcutter Ants.
See the fish glide by your very screen.
The ancient citadel nested on a rocky outcrop above Athens.
The small island offshore from San Francisco that featured a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a federal prison. It was home to some of the most dangerous criminals of the time.
Google Street View takes you to the oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy.
By The National Trust, visit this natural wonder.
Google Earth takes you to the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USA.
See the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Trek across the Great Wall and take in the views.
A beautiful Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto that means "Pure Water Temple".
See the Inca citadel, perched on a mountain ridge in southern Peru.
The Palace of Versailles or Château de Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
See the 19 miles long glacier and rise above the water in Argentina.
Explore Petra with Google Street View.
See the sunrise, sunset, or sky at any time of day over Stonehenge.
See one of the twentieth century's most famous and distinctive buildings, The multi-venue performing arts centre at Sydney Harbour, Australia.
See the ivory-white marble mausoleum Agra, India.
3D animals in Google Search
A boredom breaker you have to try. Augmented reality animals in google search. Try it by searching these animals:
|Labrador Retriever||Giant panda|
Fun games include Who am I? where you guess the animal by its baby game, Hungry Birds where you pick the right food for birds, and Feather frenzy where you identify bird feathers.
Microsoft is offering free educational content in Minecraft marketplace.
Plant Seeds in Egg Shells
Cress Egg Heads
Painted Rock Garden Markers
Make a Miniature Garden
Make a frog and toad abode
Quick chocolate cornflake cakes
Dye a flower
The Body Coach, Joe Wicks will be running virtual PE classes to make sure kids are keeping fit while home from school.
Aerobic, strength, yoga, and pilates exercises to do at home.
Disney inspired indoor games and activities including Cars, Frozen, and Lion King. Also, see their Accessible activities.
Workout videos for the whole family, getting you active and moving.
Yoga videos to encourage wheelchair users to exercise from the comfort of their homes. The benefit of continuous exercise at this time is now of even greater importance and we would really appreciate it if you could share these videos with your wider networks.
During this COVID-19 Pandemic, it's important children still feel connected to their community. We've developed Word Searches for Buckinghamshire towns with some of the famous places they might remember. We've also created a 'Create your own Word Search' too so you can create a personalise Word Search. Ideas include family member names, favourite animals, TV programmes or places they enjoy. We'd love to see your Word Searches and ideas on our Facebook page.
The Word Searches below are in PDF format, they can be printed, highlighted if you have a PDF reader or you could screen print them and use your phone or tablet's picture editing features to highlight words.
We've created a 'Create your own Word Search' so you can create a personalise Word Search. Ideas include family member names, favourite animals, TV programmes or places they enjoy. The possibilities are endless. We'd love to see your Word Searches and ideas on our Facebook page.
The Word Search below is a DOCX file which can be opened in most word processing tools like Word and free programmes like WordPad and Google Docs.
The current situation that we are all living through, is something that as a human being you will probably never face again. A fantastic Time Capsule Activity Pack has been created for you to work through with your family to capture this time and create memories for you to look back on in years to come.