Stressing about how to keep your boys busy at home these September lockdown school holidays? You’re not alone! Let’s face it we can’t always be outdoors walking around the neighbourhood.
The good news is school holiday activities are still happening but they’re online. I’ve done the hard work for you and come up with a heap of fun online activities for boys in lockdown.
Activities range from art tutorials, cooking classes and lego building to live science shows, beatboxing workshops and nature play. There’s something for every child to enjoy.
If you want to reduce screen-time there’s activity sheets you can print off ready for when you hear “I’m bored” for the one hundredth time. I’ve also included a few creative kits you can purchase online with no screen required.
I hope you find this helpful in the weeks ahead. Please share with other Mums doing it tough in lockdown. If you come across any great online activities please share in the comments below. Bel x
1. Northern Beaches Council – Make a Cool Collage
Local Sydney Artist Kevin Diallo demonstrates how to make a cool collage giving old magazines or newspapers a second life. Frame your creation and hang it in your bedroom.
2. Creative Kids Wonderland – Service NSW Creative Kids Voucher Craft Kits
Lockdown is the perfect time to use your Service NSW Creative Kids vouchers before they expire in December 2021. We can highly recommend Creative Kids Wonderland craft kits perfect for all ages, great value and delivered to your door. There’s a variety of kits with activities such as origami, scrapbooking, clay modelling and more. All kits come with a demonstration video and the craft tools required. We loved our choice of the hydro dipping kit for 8+ years. If you choose this one be sure to mask up, wear the glasses and gloves provided. Close parental supervision is needed.
3. The Good Foundation – Online Cooking Classes
Get your boys cooking up a storm with The Good Foundation cooking classes based on Jamie Oliver’s recipes. We haven’t tried out these classes but I love the idea of my boys cooking me dinner.
4. Gingerbread Folk – Gingerbread House Kits
Building a gingerbread house is fun any time of the year. We love Gingerbread Folk gingerbread house kits as they’re super easy to assemble with everything you need except your choice of lollies to decorate. The gingerbread is deliciously soft to eat, vegan, nut-free and palm oil free with no colours, flavours or preservatives. My boys are so obsessed, we’ve built not one but two gingerbread houses this lockdown.
5. Northern Beaches Council – Make a Sustainable ‘Swingin’ Succulent
Create a fun sustainable ‘Swingin’ Succulent from a can or other object found around your home. Make a few different ones and hang them from a tree to brighten up your back garden.
6. Royal Botanic Garden Sydney – Nature Play
Sprout your own seeds, create an artwork using natural things in your backyard and weave a bracelet using discarded charging cables.
7. Centennial Parklands – Bush Skills
Go bush and learn a whole heap of skills you need to survive in the wild. Build a shelter, make damper and learn the ancient art of whittling. This is pretty much Boy Scouts online!!
8. Riverside Theatres – Spot On(line) Children’s Festival
Riverside Theatres tenth annual Spot On(line) Children’s Festival will be delivered digitally this year. Bringing the best of children’s entertainment from across the nation and straight to your living room from 17th September to 3rd October. Visit the link below to view the incredible 2021 Spot On(line) Children’s Festival program.
9. Taronga Zoo Sydney – Taronga TV
Check out Taronga TV to see what the animals are getting up to (with no people about!) at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. As well as 24/7 live-streaming cameras, you’ll find Keeper chats and other interesting behind the scenes videos.
10. Merlin SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo – Wild at Home Hub
Merlin’s Wild at Home Hub is back these September school holidays. Here you will find Aussie animal and sea creature themed activities, colouring ins, videos and educational fact sheets. Endless fun for home!
11. Madame Tussauds Sydney – Batman Quiz
In celebration of Batman Day on 18th September, Madame Tussauds Sydney has teamed up with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment to host the ultimate Batman Trivia Event. Free to play and awesome prizes up for grabs. Registrations essential.
12. Super Heroes Inc – Saturday Night Trivia
Spread the word! Super Heroes Inc lockdown team trivia is on every Saturday night. Battle your family, friends and households all over Australia. Fun for all ages with a mix of categories and $500.00 in prizes every week. Buy your tickets now!
13. The Australian National Maritime Museum – The Great Big Pirate Quiz
Challenge your inner pirate with The Australian National Maritime Museum online quiz to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on 17th September. Dress to impress, there’s great prizes to be won. Registrations essential.
14. Legoland Discovery Centre – Boredom Busters
Meet your Legoland boredom busting superheroes bringing fun online activities to you everyday during the holidays. There’s live streams, story time, challenges, tutorials and downloadable activity packs from 18th September to 3rd October. Your mission?! To check back every single day of these September lockdown school holidays. See you there!
15. Fizzics Education – Science Shows
Liquid Nitrogen is fascinating! Be sure to watch this cool Fizzics Education Liquid Nitrogen Show live online on 20th September. We watched this show during Science Week and my 9 year old loved every minute of it. Book your spot now!
16. State Library of NSW – Story Time Online
Stories at noon is one for the younger kids aged 3-6 years. Author Katrina Germein reads her recent releases including the much loved classic Big Rain Coming. Registrations required.
17. The World of David Walliams – Megamonster Activity Sheets
Our favourite author right now is David Walliams! We love this fabulous author’s website packed full of activity sheets, audio stories, giveaways and more. All absolutely free and perfect for printing out ready for a rainy day.
18. Dav Pilkey – Activity Sheets
Did you know Dav Pilkey was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia when he was a kid? His teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day due to him disrupting the class. It was here than he created his own original comic books Dog Man and Captain Underpants. My boys love Dav Pilkey’s website which has step by step instructions on how to draw the characters from his books. There’s also colouring ins, mazes and word challenges to print off and keep your boys busy for hours.
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19. Allage Music – Beatboxing Workshop
How cool would it be to learn how to beatbox?! I just came across this one hour Beatboxing workshop Zoom lesson with Beatboxing extraordinaire Connor Malanos. For ages 8+ to adults and just $20 per household. Such a fun activity to do as a family these September lockdown school holidays.
20. Sydney Opera House – Streaming Platform
It’s no surprise we love visiting the Sydney Opera House and we really miss it during lockdown. I was so excited to come across this free to sign-up streaming platform. Stream offers access to free and paid full length performances from the Opera House stages, presentations and original content created especially for the platform. There’s loads of activity inspiration for kids in the ‘Get The Kids Off The Couch‘ section as well as ‘Kids & Families.’ Our faves include ‘How to perform circus skills‘, ‘How to do parkour‘ and ‘Muggera Dance Party‘. This is one we’ll be checking out for sure.
Needing more Inspo?
Head to our list of 70 + activities for kids in lockdown on our homepage. You’ll find fun things to do in the backyard, rainy day ideas, nature play, movies, unique kids apps, ways to get your kids active and more!!