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Nearly a month into lock-down and it's getting more difficult to keep little ones and families entertained!

Here's our list of 5 apps to keep you going - with even the possibility of a little (VR) escapism.

1. My Very Hungry Caterpillar (5 and under)

This app allows you to care for you're very own hungry caterpillar while getting creative and exploring nature! Apple version costs £5.99 but there's a free version on the google store.

Google Apple

2. How to Draw Everything (4+)

A great way to learn how to draw new things. This app is for all ages and can help you explore your creativity - anyone can draw and this proves it!

Google Apple

3. Dad Jokes (4+)

It's hard to be a comedic genius in such trying times, so look to this app for inspiration, and find more jokes to annoy your families with!

Google Apple

4. Expeditions (4+)

We're all trapped at home - luckily expeditions allows us to go on virtual reality trips! There are options for teachers to use it with their students, but you can also be your own guide - or take family and friends on an expedition with you!

Google Apple

5. Smartify (12+)

Allows you to see and read about artworks exhibited across the world - a great way to enjoy a bit of culture from your own home!

Google Apple

Hope this helps! We're sure most kids are busy starting their tiktok careers anyway - extra points from us if a dance routine is involved!

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One of our partners, the music and dance conservatoire Trinity Laban is posting

loads of fantastic content! Here's some bits we've found:

Yoga for breath awareness with Vanessa Michielon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YMnxhy9jYc

Tunes from home series - students, teachers and alumni perform and record songs from their own homes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjoDk4h8LAw&list=PL8mrJN8JS6hSqfGpgYvvBnZgX74unLYjM&index=5

A cup of tea with... Dance Professor Daniel Squire to hear more about his life as a dancer with Merce Cunningham and why he feels the technique is still so important to teach today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5GUkSpb8Dw

Interview with TL alum and BalletBoyz Dancer Matt Sandiford part 1 and part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWmJW-mK4E0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFpwm1TWWnw

There's new content out all the time, so keep checking out their youtube homepage to be sure not to miss anything! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOP0GJqNRSdyAV-KhLSVpXA

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If you're at a loose end and wanting some creative activities to keep you and your family busy we've got a list of stuff to do! #day3lockdown

You've probably all been seeing loads of posts listing all the things you should be doing and we want you to remember it's okay to do nothing too... Rapunzel from Tangled has given us all unrealistic expectations of how much we can be doing in one day!


However, maybe you're seeking distraction? Whether you're binge-watching Netflix or beginning to learn a new skill, we think music, dance and the arts can help you get through it! Here's our list - it includes links to other lists too (in bold)!

1. Online Dance Classes

Dance classes on zoom with Jasmin Vardimon https://jasminvardimon.com/education/pop-up-space/

Gaga dance classes on zoom - scroll down to updates for links


Yoga is not strictly dance but improving your flexibility definitely helps - as does increasing your zen! https://www.theyogaroom.london/ These classes do have a small subscription fee but it's good to support Deptford's yoga room!

2. Playlists

Lewisham Live Mixtape - have you heard it yet? It features tracks from Lewisham's best young artists and it really is very good...


Horniman youth created a retro inspired playlist for one of their recent events https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0NWt2SxPs3k2BN2TEZvjFk

Trinity Laban's youtube channel - tunes from home, listen to some of their student's latest creations! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8mrJN8JS6hSqfGpgYvvBnZgX74unLYjM

3. Music Livestreams

Classical Music goes digital - here's a great list of classical music and other arts being streamed online


Also Berliner Philharmoniker is streaming online concerts for free https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/tickets

Virtual gigs on Fridays and Saturdays from Deptford's The Bird Nest Pub https://www.facebook.com/thebirdsnestpub/

4. Ones to watch

Theatre online master list https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/stage-shows-musicals-opera-free-stream-online_51198.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=24march2020

Culture to your couch list https://www.thespace.org/resource/culture-your-couch-arts-you-can-experience-home

5. Hobbies/ making things

Daily creative challenges!


Adventures at home from girl guiding.


This resources includes books to read for all ages, but we like the instrument making at the end the best. I'll post a picture of a crocodile castanet soon as I'm done...


Creative learning resources master list. GREAT SELECTION! https://www.artisfoundation.org.uk/blog/blogposts/2020/03/creative-learning-resources/

Learn to weave


Pub quiz alternative


6. Museums

*Pretty much all museums have online learning resources for both children and adults - check out your favourite museums website and see what you can find!

The British library has loads of great learning resources - https://www.bl.uk/learning/online-resources

Including one on how to write and illustrate a children's book! https://www.bl.uk/childrens-books#

The Tate has some great kids resources https://www.tate.org.uk/kids

I think bigger kids can join in too... everyone likes colouring in!

Explore Horniman's collections online https://www.horniman.ac.uk/explore-the-collections/

Learning resources from the Migration Museum https://www.migrationmuseum.org/resource-bank/

Although we're in relative isolation, at least we have the internet to keep in touch with people and haven't resorted to hanging out with Wilson the volleyball...

I'm looking forward for my first Netflix party and have been getting in touch with friends who I haven't spoken to in ages!

Sending a lot of love and best wishes to you all!

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