Author: VicHealth, a Victorian Government Agency that works with experts, evidence and research in health promotion. Last updated: 14 Jul, 2020

Safe school holiday activities you can do even if you live in an area with coronavirus restrictions

After the latest State Government announcement about Victoria’s restrictions levels, many Victorian families will be staying at home during the winter school holidays.

The good news is there are plenty of rainy-day activities you can do at home, and even more ideas have flooded the internet since the onset of coronavirus.

Below are four ideas to help you keep kids busy at home.


Five school holiday activity ideas for Victorians staying at home

1. Burn energy

We asked Andrea Rieniets from Kids Thrive, a Victorian children’s
development organisation, what home activities can keep kids busy while supporting their development. Online dance classes and movement games were at the top of the list.

Activities like these help kids get the recommended one hour of heart-raising physical activity they need every day to feel good and stay healthy.


2. Fuel imagination

We spoke to Sue Giles AM from the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, who told us that kids can go for hours, days or even weeks if they have a dedicated space for projects that won’t be cleared away.

While that may be a challenge for a tidy person, Sue encourages activities that let kids use their imagination and play independently, so parents can have some balance in their life.

Read more from Sue on our blog Supporting kids to do creative activities while they’re stuck at home.


3. Work on wellbeing

Mindfulness activities are a great way to help your kids develop resilience, and Andrea from Kids Thrive shared links to some great options for kids to try at home:

You can read our blog post with more Kids Thrive activity suggestions here, including ways to get them involved with daily tasks to help you around the house.


4. Get cooking

The school holidays is a perfect time to get kids excited about easy healthy recipes you can use for school lunches next term.

Here are some recipes your kids will love – all given the tick of approval by the dietitians in our healthy eating team:


5. Get support

Parenting during a global pandemic is tough. It’s ok to feel sad and anxious about the current situation but if it’s impacting your day-to-day life, talk to someone – whether that’s a friend, your GP or a mental health support service like Beyond Blue.

Here are some other tips and options for you and your family get any support you might need at this challenging time:

  • Parenting during COVID-19
  • Returning to primary school – balancing recovery and uncertainty
  • More tips from our blogs:


So when you’re staying at home these school holidays, you can still do activities that burn energy, fuel imagination, work on wellbeing and get your kids cooking. And if you need support, there are plenty of organisations offering help.


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