Yay – it’s holidays! Boo … there are still restrictions for those in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and parts of Waikato.
If you’re outside those areas, head over to our School Holidays page for lots of inspiration, but for those of you who are spending time at home we have some ideas for how you can keep the kids occupied over the next few weeks.
Enter a competition
Get the kids creativity flowing and enter these two great competitions:
Four Square North Island are celebrating the Kiwi tradition of kids having their own roadside stall in lockdown style. Get the kids to design their dream roadside stand and be in for a chance to have it made for them out of wood! Find out more details and how to enter here.
Rainbow’s End have a family pass up for grabs. The kids just need to draw a picture of their favourite Rainbow’s End ride OR use their imagination and create a new ride. Find out more details and how to enter here.
Don’t forget to enter our other competitions too!
Although your favourite local destinations are not currently able to welcome you IRL (in real life), you can visit them virtually.
- Auckland Museum has a great online Sea Monsters Experience, while MOTAT has STEM information and activities covered.
- Choose some of your favourite overseas destinations in Google Earth and virtually travel the world.
- Explore the surface of Mars with Curiosity
- Go on a virtual field trip of Johnson Space Centre
- Visit Polar bear and tundra on a virtual field trip
- Walk along the Great Wall of China
- Go under water at the Great Barrier Reef
Put Peppa Pig in your diary
Save the Children and Peppa Pig are dedicating October to helping little ones practice mindfulness, including a fun and interactive storybook yoga session. Register for free and put 11am, Friday 15 October 2021 in your calendar.
In the meantime, you can start teaching mindfulness on a walk with Peppa Pig.
Watch some classic movies
Turn some of the screen time into nostalgic film watching – not only will it bring back memories for you, it will also equip your kids well for future pub quizzes! Some classics that you could get your kids familiar with include:
- Sound of Music
- Bridge to Terabithia (original)
- High School Musical
- The Secret Garden
- Mary Poppins
- Wizard of Oz
- Princess Diaries
- Mamma Mia
- Ice Age
- The original Barbie classics including Barbie Swan Lake, Barbie Nutcracker
- Home Alone
- Toy Story
Get ready for Halloween
Trick or treating around your local neighbourhood is likely to be off the cards but that doesn’t mean Halloween will be a fizzer. We have lots of fun crafts, costumes, and food ideas so you can make Halloween at home the spookiest and most creative ever. Browse our Halloween section and start planning.
Go camping at home
Camping at home combines the great outdoors close to the convenience of an indoor bathroom, a well-stocked kitchen, plus a dry bed in a room with walls that don’t flap! If you have an outdoor fire or a BBQ you could make traditional camp food such as melted marshmallows or damper on a stick (which is best eaten with golden syrup poured down the middle).
Create special Christmas gifts
Get the kids painting a Christmas gift for someone special in their life. Choose from a range of novelty or practical ceramic item and either pick it up as part of your Paint At Home pack from Rosedale, Auckland or Paint the Earth can deliver it all to you.
Vote for your favourite birds
It’s Bird of the Year voting time! Discover more about our native manu, and you can each rank your top 5 favourites. Voting is open from 18 to 30 October 2021.
Written by Robyn
Robyn creates content on Kidspot NZ. Her hobbies include buying cleaning products and wondering why things don’t then clean themselves, eating cheese scones with her friends, and taking her kids to appointments.
Favourite motto to live by: “This too will pass”