Free online events to help local families.
There’s welcome news for Birmingham parents worrying about what to do with their kids this Easter break. Birmingham Holiday Activities is launching a free online portal with over 400 activities and games for all ages to help make the school-holiday more fun for children – and less stressful for parents!
While the rule of six returns for outdoors and the lockdown stay at home guidance is dropped, people will still need to stay vigilant and minimise travel wherever possible this Easter. is here to help.
Set up specially to help all Birmingham children, young people and families, Birmingham Holiday Activities website is a treasure-trove of fun, active, and enriching things to do during the school holidays, and all for free. Visit www.birminghamholidayactivities.org from 5pm on April 1st.
With content designed by a wide range of expert partners, there will be plenty for all ages to choose from: football fans can keep active with skills and drills from Aston Villa and Birmingham City FC’s community teams and there are games to play on the doorstep with no equipment, 60 second sports challenges, PE, fitness and Bhangra workouts from Healthy Brum, StreetGames and the Youth Sport Trust. Look out for daily ideas and challenges appearing on social media @BhamHolidayActs.
“While the two weeks of these Easter holidays will still be challenging for many families hoping to keep their children entertained, they can go to birminghamholidayactivities.org to find a huge range of different ideas and resources for indoor and outdoor games; cookery skills; arts and crafts; sports, fitness and dance; health and wellbeing; quizzes; park activities; nature trails and city-wide exploring – all free of charge,” says Birmingham Holiday Activities programme director Jenny Carter.
“It’s been a tough year for everyone especially kids who have been less active and social than ideal for growing minds and bodies, so it’s more important than ever to help them boost their physical and mental energy. Their motivation is likely to be at an all-time low – and holidays can be pretty boring if all you’re doing is watching TV. Even though we might not be able to return to a ‘normal’ routine quite yet, our site gives kids some great ideas for things to try at home, in the park, on their own, or with a friend or the family.”
There’s a wide selection of activities for children from Early Years to teenagers including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: creative writing workshops and resources to boost reading, writing, and listening skills, free e-books and phonetics for young ones – even learn to cook and speak a new language all at the same time with Linguacuisine! The whole family can get involved with arts and cultural activities at home through Artslink West Midlands or join virtual events and try out new Easter recipes.
Getting kids outdoors is great for everyone’s wellbeing and families can sign up to free activities with Active Parks Birmingham across some of the city’s fantastic parks and green spaces. Birmingham Park Stars will be sharing their Passport to Nature – quizzes, nature trails and 15-minute challenges – to make that trip to the park even more fun.
The mobile-optimised site contains videos, downloadable activity sheets and games which can be viewed on a smartphone, home computer or streamed through a TV using a Fire TV stick. Important tips for staying safe and connected online are flagged for parents and children alike.
The site will be live throughout the Easter holidays and beyond – and parents can register their interest in Birmingham Holiday Activities’ Summer holiday programme which will be running during the school holidays from July at various Birmingham venues.
Get Birmingham buzzing this break and visit Birminghamholidayactivities.org for more information and ideas.