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

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With Victoria continuing on its coronavirus roadmap to reopening, school holidays will look a bit different for families.

The good news is, with weather getting warmer and restrictions allowing more time spent outdoors, there are now more activities you can do at home with your family.

Below are six ideas to help you keep kids busy at home during the school holidays.

 

Six school holiday activity ideas for Victorians staying at home

1. Check out the Together Victoria website

The Together Victoria website has loads of suggestions for school holiday entertainment. There’s a huge variety of things to explore, from virtual school holiday programs, ideas getting crafty at home to tips on trying something new like making short films at home.

Visit their school holidays activities page to see what your kids might be interested in.

 

2. 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.

Public playgrounds across the state have also re-opened for families, allowing kids to enjoy slides, swings and monkey bars (although physical distancing and good hygiene still needs to be maintained).

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.

 

3. 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.

 

4. 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.

 

5. Get cooking

The school holidays are a perfect time to get kids excited about easy healthy recipes you can use for school lunches next term, especially with regional schools set for a staged return to on-site learning.

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

For those wanting to manage spending when it comes to food, we have plenty of tips on how to eat healthy food on a budget during lockdown.

 

6. 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.

 

Have a coronavirus question?

For all coronavirus questions visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) hotline on 1800 020 080.

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