Family activities for summer 2020

Here are our top family fun activities to keep you and your little ones busy over the summer holidays. Whether you want to stay inside or explore the outdoors, there are a range of FREE activities to suit your whole family!

For the book lovers out there, not being able to pay a visit to the library doesn't mean you can't still relax with a good book. 

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

We’re delighted to share with you a fun summer reading activity for children which is free. The Summer Reading Challenge runs until September 10 and this year’s theme is… Silly Squad – a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter!

Join the online challenge


Inspire Culture

You can choose from hundreds of books, audio books, magazines and newspapers through the Inspire website.

All you will need to be able to do this is a membership, but don't worry, this if FREE and can easily be done online!

Browse Inspire eResources 


“For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.” - Audible

Browse books on Audible


It's important to keep the kids healthy and active while at home, so we've brought you some inspiration below

Recreate Sport's Day at home

Enjoy all the favourites at home in your garden and feel like Sport's Day has arrived a bit early this year. How about trying some of the following races below? Forget the medal, come up with your own prize!

  • Egg and spoon race - No eggs, no problem! How about substituting for whatever you can find at home.
  • Sport's Day Stars - a challenge against the clock to complete the most star jumps in one minute
  • The Parent's Challenge - we know things get competitive during the Mum's and Dad's races on Sport's Day, so why should your home version be any different!


 Using what you have

Staying active doesn't mean you have to have equipment at home. This summer can be all about improvising so here's a few ideas:

  • Substitute football goals for any item placed on the floor and enjoy your very own penalty shoot out challenge! 
  • Swap rackets for pots and pans, remembering to be careful of course!

Get active online

You might have heard of virtual PE and exercise sessions taking the nation by storm, so how about integrating one of these into your Summer Holiday fun? 


Couch to 5K!

Join the Couch to 5K running plan for beginners! This FREE programme has been tried and tested by thousands of new runners. Why not grab your running trainers and give it a go! Learn more by visiting NHS Couch to 5K 


Notts Summer Staycation

Active Notts has introduced Notts Summer Staycation which has fantastic resources aimed at providing children and their families with a series of ideas to help them to stay active over the Summer. 

Wildlife Watch

The British summer is the perfect time to explore all of the beautiful nature on your doorstep. The Wildlife Trusts has a fantastic page Wildlife Watch that is packed full of fun free activities for children including spotter sheets, activity guides, masks to make and much more!


Colour-in poster

Fancy relaxing with some arts and crafts? Check out our template below or let your imagination run wild with one of our creative ideas below. 

Draw your own thank you:

How about designing your own thank you poster to display in your window? It doesn't have to be a rainbow, but whatever it is, be sure to make it colourful!

You will be spoilt for choice with the online theatre productions available, from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat to favourites from Shakespeare's Globe!

The Shows Must Go On!

Musical favourites from Andrew Lloyd Webber's collection will be streamed online, starting with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat! Each performance will be available for 48 hours after being posted so you can enjoy at anytime over the weekend. 

Watch productions from The Shows Must Go On

The National Theatre

Enjoy theatre from the comfort of your own home by streaming productions from The National Theatre!

Watch productions from The National Theatre 


The Royal Opera House

If you want to get your cultural fix this summer, The Royal Opera House will be offering a FREE programme of online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and a unique look behind the scenes at one of the world's most famous cultural institutions. 

Watch broadcasts from The Royal Opera House

Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe productions are available to watch for free on the theatre’s video-on-demand service, Globe Player. Featured films will be captioned to make sure they are as accessible as possible.

Watch productions on The Globe Player

BBC Bitesize

Are you home schooling? Then fear not, because BBC Bitesize have been publishing online lessons for all ages throughout lockdown. There's also a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer.

Find loads of fun educational resources

Gardening for kids lists a range of fun free activities that provide opportunities for families or informal groups to learn together, while encouraging love for nature and the environment

Explore garden activities for children

If you were planning a visit to take in some culture this Half Term, you're in luck! Many museums and art galleries are now offering virtual tours for you and all the family to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

Google Street View Tours

Explore the British Museum and many other museums and galleries from around the world all from your computer. There's so much to choose from, why not let all the family pick a favourite to explore?

Start my virtual tour journey

The Natural History Museum

Inspect the butterflies, birds and beasts in the Natural History Museum’s collection up close. The interactive online guide includes insights into some of the 80 million specimens through short films, virtual reality and a 360 degree tool. Bonus: the departed Dippy the diplodocus is back on display in the entrance hall online and you can even listen to Sir David Attenborough narrate the virtual tour around Hintze Hall!

Explore The Natural History Museum 

The British Museum

More than 8 million objects sit inside the British Museum. You can search through much of this online, exploring the artefacts individually or by geographical origin

 Explore The British Museum

The National Gallery

The National Gallery is home to thousands of publicly owned artworks from the UK and Europe, spread across 18 rooms, which you can visit with the National Gallery’s 360 degree tool. The tour offers detailed information about each painting as you look at it, as well as floor plans to navigate around as though you are there.

Explore The National Gallery

The British Library

Discover literature from medieval to Victorian times, as well as a number of virtual tours around the exhibitions you may have missed. Highlights include Harry Potter: A History of Magic, which has a section for each of the Hogwarts magic classes, and Alice In Wonderland, looking at how Lewis Caroll’s story has been retold over the past 150 years.

 Explore The British Library



Rufford Abbey Country Park

Rufford is one of Nottinghamshire’s favourite attractions. Set in beautiful parkland, Rufford Abbey offers over 870 years of history, from its origins as a 12th century cistercian monastery to its period as a Jacobean era family home.


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Sherwood Forest Country Park

Visit the legendary Sherwood Forest, a unique habitat for wildlife and a magical destination for over 350,000 visitors. From its ancient oaks and legendary characters, to the work of the RSPB, protecting the forest today. Play, discover and leave with tales of your own, inspired by 420 hectares of beautiful, precious, unique woodland.

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Holme Pierrepoint Country Park

Visit the home of The National Water Sports Centre! Holme Pierrepoint is bursting full of family fun water sport activities including Lagoon Wipeout, Kayaking, Canoeing, White Water Rafting, Lazy River Tubing and much more! If you prefer to stay dry there are a fantastic range of other outdoor activities such as Sky Tykes, Segways, Archery to name a few! 


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Notts Outdoors

Notts Outdoors inspire families to get outdoors and embark on adventures together and provide outdoor learning opportunities for young people. What's more, they've been awarded the Good to Go Mark and are recognised as following COVID-19 government and industry guidelines.

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