Family Activities at Home
Whilst many of our family-friendly venues and attractions across the district are closed, now is the time to experience some of their online content.
- Join Williamson Park’s zookeepers every day at 11am on Instagram for the Learning Zone – find out all about the animals we have here at the park.
- Find out how the Williamson Park staff are caring for the animals in the Butterfly House and Mini Beast Centre whilst it is closed to the public.
- Check out Lancaster University’s Meerkat Cam which is keeping an eye on the park’s meerkats!
Williamson Park’s 54 acres of beautiful parkland offer breathtaking views across to Morecambe Bay. Inside the park you’ll find the Ashton Memorial, plus a tropical Butterfly House and Mini-Zoo with Mini-Beast and Bird Enclosures and a small mammal section with some very popular meerkats!
Lancaster City Museum
- Get creative with Lancaster City Museum’s A Night in the Museum
“We’re going to be closing in a moment. Please could you make your way downstairs”, said the museum lady.
“Okay”, I mumbled. I just wanted to finish reading the story about how the Roman tombstone had been found.
All of a sudden the lights went out and I was plunged into darkness; I had been locked in!
Can you write us a story – what happened on YOUR night locked in the museum?
Lancaster Maritime Museum
- Try Lancaster Maritime Museum’s colouring sheets, or be inspired by the Museum’s collection to build your own Lego creation – this week we challenge you to build a Harry Potter creation!
- Don’t forget to share your creations with us.
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
- Meet an ‘A-Z’ of amazing animals with Wildlife Oasis, and see them being fed and cared for by their keepers via Facebook Live stream!
- *YOUR ZOO NEEDS YOU* To help Lakeland pay for the care of their animals, any donation, big or small, will help. With over 100 species at the zoo, that’s a lot of food, medicine and bedding that these animals need to keep them healthy and warm every day! If you can help, please donate here or email email@example.com. Thank you.
Love to perform?
- Find your inner actor with ELART Productions’ online Drama Workshops – #WhoNeedsAStudio ?
- Each Friday at 6pm, Emma will take you through activities and creative exercises, designed to be fun and inspiring for all aspiring performers out there! Each session will last 30 minutes.
- If you would like to take part live (fun activities suitable for all) or would like the chance to watch the livestream at a later date. please just visit Emma’s page and ask to be part of the #whoneedsastudio Online Drama Workshops group.
ELART Productions is an independent theatre company founded by freelance director Emma Rucastle and based in the north-west of England. Since 2009, the company has been putting on high quality theatre of all types in a wide range of settings, using both professional and community actors and creatives.
Lancaster and Morecambe College
- Over the next few weeks, L&M College’s Tackling Inactivity Team will be encouraging students, staff and the wider community to remain active during this period of staying at home.
- Keep your eyes peeled for videos of the team getting creative with fitness routines, games for the family and fun challenges to get involved in. Here’s Adam, introducing the project:
Lancashire Music Hub
Lancashire Music Hub is suggesting and creating resources for children to enjoy practising, performing and listening to music from home:
- Out of the Ark Music has a range of free singing resources for primary age children to enjoy singing and song.
- A mix of traditional and technology based practice resources for singing, recorder, piano, clarinet, saxophone, violin, drum kit and trumpet.
- This free music maker appis a simple to use tool for composing by combining different sounds and rhythms, you can also record your voice and add to compositions.
- Check out Brian Gossard’s channel on YouTube for some great music education videos.
- BBC Bring the Noise has a huge amount of brilliant interactive musical resources. Why not start with this one about “Found Sounds” and get creative with musical instruments you can find around the home?
- Join in the daily body percussion session every Monday – Friday at 11am with The Beat Goes On.
- Ukulele fun for all on this website! If you already play then this will help keep you going during the lockdown but if you are a complete beginner, this website has lessons starting from scratch.
- Horrible Histories meets music’s greatest composers in this ten-part podcast from the author and comedian David Walliams.
- Saxophonist and presenter Jess Gillam is inviting all instrumentalists to be part of her Virtual Scratch Orchestra.
- Loads of free resources for brass players of all abilities including backing tracks and practice pieces.
- The Voices Foundation are hosting a singing assembly every day at 1pm.
Spot on Stories
In partnership with Lancashire Libraries, Spot on Stories are bringing great art and stories to your couch, your kitchen, and your back garden – basically wherever you choose!
Spot On Stories are ten-minute micro shows filmed just for us by some of the fantastic artists that have, or should have, toured with Spot On.
Tuesday afternoons (3pm) will be stories for children and families, and Thursdays (7pm) will be something a little more grown-up. Once they are live, they’ll be available to watch on our website for 30 days.
- “Meet Ogg ‘n’ Ugg” What’s for tea? The cupboards are bare! Don’t worry, Ogg ‘n’ Ugg will help you find something delicious! Join in at home while they teach you their song and dance and go hunting for something delicious.
- In a lovely little house, in the middle of a lovely quiet wood, things are shaping up to be a very good day indeed. Gav Cross tells us the story of A Breakfast Walk.
- “Rolling Down The Road: Who’s At The Bus Stop?” David Gibb is the conductor of a very special, magical bus, and he’s waiting at the bus stop to meet his passengers.
- Just what did happen to Amos Black that fateful day in Great Little Pumpton? “A Dog Named Grim” is an old Lancashire tale with country and western style songwriting. It’s a silly cautionary tale, told with music and humour.
- With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, Daria Kulesh shares her intrepid quest to explore her family roots in “Long Lost Home”.
- “On Music and Marriage” is a musical love story of how Dylan and Suba met, and how they live and love together through music.
Links to shows and more details can be found at: https://spotonlancashire.co.uk/spot-on-stories/
Heron Corn Mill
Kerry is bringing her Crafternoons – normally held at Heron Corn Mill – to your home!
These small craft projects can be downloaded and make at home. She has also recorded a special little introduction for all Crafternooners which can be viewed HERE.
- Kerry has also been busy creating a number of video tutorials for followers of her Facebook page. From everyday things like how to sew a button on, to small projects like making a small wallet from a drinks carton, she’s got it covered. If you’d like to stop by and give her a ‘Like’ you can find her Facebook page HERE, and her crafty videos HERE.
The Eden Project
- Create your own Eden wherever you are. Cornwall’s Eden Project brings us some ideas to maximise the outside space you have (even if it’s tiny!), to get children excited about nature and science, and to bring the outside in!
- Biome in a Box activity
- How to Build Your Own Den
- How to make a Marble Run
- How to Build an Insect Home
- Recycle a Milk Carton into a Bird
- Make a Marble Run out of Junk
- …and lots crafty more ideas!
- Plus discover a wealth of Science and Nature Learning Resources!
The Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall, UK, is nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events. Here’s a 60-second dip into the sights and sounds of its Biomes and gardens.