Love Local Guide: taking it online – virtual workshops and e-classes for kids
The juggle is real right now, as many balance a split between work commitments and keeping the kids occupied and happy while at home.
Though, you don’t have to do it alone. There are a number of online workshops, free e-classes and deliver-to-your-door kids activity packs that are popping up daily, to help keep the kids entertained and inspired, while nourishing their curious minds during this time.
Here is your Love Local Guide to taking it online – for kids.
Online workshops and e-classes
A Mindful Start is hosting virtual kids yoga classes to encourage healthy minds, strong bodies and happy children. Plus free webinars to help families stay calm during this time at home. @mindfulstart
Animal Tales with Tim Faulkner is a new daily educational series for students (and those young at heart) to stay connected with nature. Jump across to @timswildlife on Facebook or Instagram, scheduled for 10am daily. Don't forget to post your homework with the Hashtag #AnimalTalesHomework
Australian Reptile Park is hosting educational live classes at 2pm daily. Everything from koala feeding, dingo play time to feeding Elvis the saltwater crocodile. The kids will be enthralled. Folllow @AustralianReptilePark on Facebook or Instagram.
Jane Gillings is a local artist with artworks regularly featured in the annual 5 Lands Walk, Sculpture by the Sea, and galleries around Australia. Jane runs art classes to inspire creativity in kids. Currently these classes are being hosted as group sessions online. @janevgillings
Jo Stanes Art is hosting online art classes for kids and teens. These classes use minimal art materials like food coloring and tea, and only black and white paint. Choose from an individual class or 4-pack option. @jostanesart
Pinot & Picasso Terrigal offer fun and friendly ‘paint & create’ art classes, normally hosted at their Terrigal studio. For now, they are streaming their classes online with a dedicated weekly kids class on Fridays at 11am at @pinotandpicassoterrigal. They also have their Art Box Survival Kits for sale, delivered to your door.
Activity kits, delivered to your door
Nicole Berlach has updated her beautiful linen designs to downloadable artworks that can be used as colouring in. They feature native flaura and fauna and include species names so double as creative and educational fun for the whole family. @nicoleberlach
Sara Acton an illustrator of some well known children's books such as Mummy Cuddle, Daddy Cuddle and Dinosaur Day Out has some great activities using her illustrations available on her website. @saraacton_illustration