Just For Fun
Running out of ideas to keep everyone busy? Here are a few fun activities to keep you going!
New - Battersea Power Station Model Competition
Calling all architects, builders, bakers and makers... It’s time to put your skills to the test. We challenge you to build your very own Battersea Power Station from the things you can find at home. The prize:bTakeaway dinner for two at any of the open Circle West Village retailers including but not limited to Megan’s, Tapa’s Brindisa, Tonkotsu and Cinnamon Kitchen, up to the value of £100. Compeittion closes Tuesday 30 June 2020 at 5pm.
For more information and full terms and conditions, click here.
New - Dad How Do I?
‘Dad how do I…’ are four words of most youngsters growing up will say, but what if you didn’t grow up with a Dad to teach you certain things? Introducing Rob Kenney! After he started to make ‘tutorial’ videos for those without a father, he has amassed more than 2.18 million subscribers on YouTube. From unclogging sinks and checking your car oil, to shaving your face and learning how to create the perfect tie, Rob has created lots of great videos to help guide you through step by step.
Check him out here.
New - ‘James and the Giant Peach’ by Taika Waititi and Friends
Charismatic New Zealand Director Taika Waititi has hosted a series of hilarious and magical readings on YouTube with a few famous friends joining in including Meryl Streep, Ryan Reynolds, the Hemsworth brothers, Eddie Redmayne, Cate Blanchet and many more! Funny voices, creative at home sounds affects, plus illustrations which make the videos a really fun activity to watch. This is of course all for a good cause raising money for Partners In Health. Rediscover your love for Roald Dahl here.
New – ‘The Ickabog’ by JK Rowling
JK Rowling has unveiled her first non-Harry Potter children’s book, called The Ickabog, which the renowned author is publishing in daily instalments on her website for free. This is a story about ‘truth and the abuse of power.’ JK Rowling will be publishing a chapter (or two, or three) every weekday between 26th May - 10th July on The Ickabog website.
New – Stargaze at Home
With the skies clearer at night then they have been before, now is prime time to do a spot of stargazing from your home. London’s Royal Observatory, Greenwich has offered advice on how to make the most of stargazing from your windows and outdoor spaces, no matter where we you are.
- You need ideally a clear night, no clouds and to turn your household lights OFF.
- Wait outside and let your eyes adjust. After about 30 seconds your eyes will mostly get used to the dark, but 25 minutes to half an hour will really get you all the way.
- Use an app to help you distinguish what you can see, some recommendations include Stellarium, Star Walk 2 and SkyView.
- To help you see even more a telescope, binoculars or camera with a long lens can help.
Tutankhamun Murder Mystery
It’s a case of the ol’ ‘who done it’, Egyptian style. Travel through the sand and lies to uncover the murder of the daring Archaeologist who unearthed the truth about the legend of Tutankhamun. Some say the Archaeologist was struck down by the curse laid down by Tutankhamun himself. Was it something, or someone, else? Find out more here.
Livestreamed Piano Concerts
London’s classical music scene may have turned to virtual performances during the lockdown, with many creative musicians still finding ways to deliver beautiful concerts. Renowned pianist Warren Mailley-Smith will be performing a series of gorgeous candlelight concerts where you can expect a steady flow of Chopin, Mozart, Liszt, and Rachmaninov to name a few. Find out more here.
Do you have a furry friend that is going a little stir crazy? Battersea Power Station is a great place to go dog spotting, especially with many of our retailers offering special dog treats in their restaurants. It may not always be possible to take your pup for a walk, so Secret London have put together a list of 10 ingenious ways to entertain your dog at home.
Find out more here.
Do you have kids with a little spare time on their hands? There are thousands of elderly in care homes that are missing their families and #MyDearNewFriend is a lovely initiative to help combat loneliness.
Find out more here.
The History of Cats Virtual Exhibition
Kattenkabinet, one of the world’s most unusual museums is a grand, privately owned canal house in Amsterdam filled to kitty’s bow with paintings, posters and sculptures of you guessed it… cats. At present their doors are shut, but there’s now a digital alternative that allows you to explore the representation of felines in art history, through 75 works from ancient Egypt to the present day.
Find out more here.
If you like putting you hands to work to help pass the time, then great news! TimeIn (formally TimeOut) have put together nine of their favourite craft kits that can be ordered online.
Find out more here.
Do you have hawk eyes? We have put together a list of the most common birds you might see from your window here. How many birds can you see? One point for every bird you can tick off, and a bonus point for any others you might find!
Why not take a photo of each type, and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org? You might just get a special photo of one of our birds back…
Virtual Castle Exploring
Working from home situation and feeling a little cramped? Then we have the answer! TimeIn (formerly known as TimeOut) have put together a list their top 12 castles to virtually explore, that you will be able to discover straightfrom the comfort of your couch. From Windsor Castle where Her Majesty the Queen is currently residing and the Palace of Versailles, to the White House and Ahasaka Palace in Japan, explore some of the most impressive buildings across the world.
Find out more here.
The Oceanogràfic in Valencia, Spain, is the biggest aquarium in Europe with over 45,000 resident creatures from 500 different species. For a limited time, you can now take a virtual, 360-degree tour of the aquarium (which is closed for the duration of Spain’s lockdown) from your very own sofa. No tickets. No restrictive opening times. The virtual tour runs entirely to your schedule.
Explore 13 different enclosures, each one centred on a species or climate. Walk through Europe’s longest shark tunnel, get up close to crocodiles and meet jellyfish, flamingos or sea lions. It’s all available via the Oceanogràfic website.
Natural History Museum Dinosaur Studies
If your kids love dinosaurs (or want to learn more about them) then you definitely can’t miss the Natural History Museums website. From quizzes, to experts debating which dinosaur was the coolest, to tutorials on how to draw them, there is plenty to keep all dino-fans entertained for hours.
Check it out here.
Tate Kids is another great resource to keep the kids entertained. From friendship bracelets and chocolate paintings (yum!) to street art games and pop art tutorials, the Tate Kids website is a great source of information if you are searching for more family friendly fun at home ideas.
Find out more here.
Tigers, Pandas and Sharks, oh my! With Google's 3D objects, you can put virtual animals right in your living room. Using your mobile phone, simply Google the animal (try a shark for example) and click the 'View in 3D button' to access your camera and have your very own virtual animal at home. For more instructions and a list animals that are available, click here.
We would love to see your best pictures! Email us at email@example.com with the best shots. Bonus points if you get the Battersea Power Station in the background.
Online board games
Are you a fan of boardgames? So are we! Learn new games or improve your skills, all at your own pace with Board Game Arena. Join ranked games, meet new challenges and rise through the ranks!
Cast a Banishing Charm on boredom! This one is aimed at first-time readers but is still lots of fun for those in the know. Harry Potter at Home is filled with crosswords, puzzles, word searches, videos, guides and more! You can test your knowledge on a range of 'first year' quizzes, watch a craft video on how to draw a niffler, and check out a handy guide to reading Harry Potter for the first time. JK Rowling promises to add more wizarding content to the site as time goes on but it's a fantastic reading aid and accompaniment to help keep your little ones busy. - Recommended for ages 5+
Sharky & George Family Fun
Raving & Misbehaving - Join our friends over at Sharky & George every Sunday at 3pm as they disco dance the afternoon away. They'll be live streaming their amazing DJ, with some top tunes and some games for the kids. So, dress up, log on to their Facebook Live and get ready to party! - Suitable for all ages.
Sharky & George Adventure Race - Our friends over Sharky & George will be hosting a 45-minute family adventure race on their Facebook page every Wednesday at 3pm for anyone and everyone to join and compete in. It'll be active, silly and a lot of fun with a series of challenges and games to be played as a family, with 10 specially selected families live on screen. - Suitable for all ages
S & G Afterschool Club - Let your kids enjoy a fun post school session where they can let their hair down after a hard day of work. Every weekday from 3.30pm the seesions will take a quick 10-15 minutes broadcast live on both the Sharky & George Facebook and Instagram pages, with different themes each day:
Monday - Quiz
Tuesdaay - Adventure Race
Wednesday - Dance Off
Thursday - Science
Friday - Cooking
Visit Disneyland Orlando (Virtually)
Known as the happiest place on earth, Disneyland is a must for any kid who once dreamt of being a prince or princess. Although we may not be able to check it out in person just yet, Disneyland Orlando have created a range of virtual experiences that is guarenteed to bring some of the Disneyland magic into the home.
Check them out here.
No 29 MAV playlists
No 29 and award-wining music agency MAV have teamed together to bring the best playlists to your lounge. Check out their SoundCloud playlists here.
Make Your Own Chef Hat
This one is for the little chefs in the house! To help them feel inspired to experiement in the kitchen and learn some new skills, why not make a Chef hat at home? We found this great tutorial online.