Social distancing home entertainment ideas

While this is an unsettling and uncertain time for everyone, we wanted to bring together the best entertainment ideas that we’ve seen, to try to make social distancing a little easier. It’s been really amazing to see so many people coming up with different ways for us all to get together and we hope you find these useful.

From exercising to movie and games nights, visits to the zoo and story time, we hope that you enjoy the list below. Take care of yourselves.

PE with Joe

As of Monday, Joe Wicks of lean in fifteen fame will be hosting a free workout aimed at children, live on his YouTube channel. Be ready with your exercising gear on at 9am for a 30 minute workout, every day, Monday-Friday.

Go to the zoo

From 11am every weekday, Brookfield Zoo will be showing a zoo live chat to show you around the zoo and talk about the different animals. Cincinnati Zoo will also be offering home safari screenings through Facebook live, every day. 

Help with home schooling

Have you found a new appreciation for teachers? You can get some help from the experts as a huge number of education companies are offering free subscriptions to resources while the schools are closed. A lot of them are listed together here.

Are you sitting comfortably?

Writer of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”, Michael Rosen, has a YouTube channel where you can listen to a collection of poems and stories to keep the kids entertained. A number of other authors have put together activities and are reading their stories, and a huge list of them has been complied here.  

Watch a West End show

Star-studded musical, “The Wind in the Willows”, is streaming now for free, or with thanks for a small donation.  

Have a night at a museum

Fancy a bit of culture? Museums across the world are offering virtual tours, so you can head there for a visit from the comfort of your living room.

Learn to draw

Every evening at 6pm, Harptoons Publishing will be streaming a draw along lesson, live on Facebook.

Movie night

Just because you’re all in different homes doesn’t mean you can’t watch your favourite films together.

Through the Chrome extension Netflix Party, you can watch the same film together, remotely, and even talk about what’s happening through group chat.

Games night

With Facebook messenger group video chat and access to an online games platform like Jackbox Games, you can play games together without anyone turning the Monopoly board over and storming off. Well, maybe they’ll just hang up on the chat, but there’s less to clear up, that way.

We hope you enjoy some of these, and wish you all the best through this social distancing period. We’re looking forward to seeing you again on the other side. If you have any questions about your home cinema set up, get in touch. We’ll do our best to support you.

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