Activities to do at home

Activities to do at home

Activities to do at home

Following the government’s announcement on 10 May we all know that – for most of us – the next few weeks will continue as they have been since lockdown began on 23 March. This means staying at home as much as possible, and when you do go out continuing to maintain the two-metre social distance rule to help keep everyone safe and well.

Staying at home may feel frustrating or even lonely. It’s OK to feel like this. It’s important to remember that although staying at home may be difficult, by doing it you’re helping to protect yourself and others.

Whether you’ve been furloughed, you’re working from home or you’re home schooling the kids, it can start to feel like you’ve run out of ideas to keep yourself active and entertained while stuck in the house. With this in mind, we’ve found some great online activities and events that may help.

If you live alone and are feeling isolated from your friends and family, we’ve got some ideas to help you stay in touch too.

Head to our activities to do at home page to find out more information on activities for children and young people, free online workshops and courses, podcasts, online shows and museum tours, useful reading materials and lots more.

You can find out more about government’s social distancing rules on our social distancing FAQs page.

Go to our coronavirus update page for all the latest news and updates.

Activities to do at home

Many of us are at home a lot more than we’re used to – this may be because you’ve been furloughed, you’re working from home or you’re home schooling the kids.

If you feel like you’ve run out of ideas to keep yourself entertained, active and connected with your family and friends while stuck in the house, we’ve found some great online activities and ideas that may help.

Online learning and personal development

There’s lots of free online activities and platforms to can use during this time to help you learn a new skill or brush up on an old hobby.

Ways to relax

Being in lockdown means some of our usual ways to relax aren’t available at moment. We’ve found some online tools and activities to help you relax and unwind, if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed or cut off from your friends and family.


  • Grounded with Louis Theroux. Stuck at home, Louis is using the lockdown to track down some high-profile people he’s been longing to talk to – from all walks of life and on both sides of the Atlantic. New episodes weekly
  • Collection of podcasts available on BBC Sounds
  • Real Leaders Podcast featuring Oprah Winfrey and the Power of Empathy

Reading material

Virtual tours

Theatre shows and live performances

Additional activities

Keeping active

Now that we’re in lockdown we all know the rules about only leaving the house once a day for necessities and essentials. This can be hard when we need to do a food shop but also want to some exercise too – why not try some online workouts instead?

Activities for young people

We’ve introduced several changes to our services, following government advice on coronavirus (Covid-19). This includes the suspension of all youth and community activities delivered by Catalyst until further notice. 

Here are some online activities and other resources to help keep home schooling on track, while keeping them active and entertained too.


  • BBC bitesize offers accessible online lessons on different topics and subjects
  • Fun Brain has online videos, games, reading and maths zones for school years 1 – 8
  • Hello Kids for craft ideas, drawing and colouring, videos, games and songs for children of all ages
  • E-learning for kids offers various fun learning resources on subjects from languages, science and maths to environmental skills, life skills and health
  • National Geographic for kids to discover all you need to know about history, geography, animals and science
  • History for kids is a free history network for kids
  • Learn about climate change, Morse code, ancient rivers on Mars, gaming and tons more with BBC Newsround
  • Fun English Games offers a range of fun activities and resources. You can find links to fun maths and fun science on the site too.

Fun stuff

Ways to stay in touch

Staying at home can be tough. Many of us are missing friends and family

If technology isn’t your thing and you feel like you’re always the one holding up the group chats because you can’t log in properly. We’ve found some great online guides to help you feel more technically savvy and find some new ways to keep in touch without breaking the rules.

We’re also here to offer support and advice through our Wellbeing Project

Volunteer opportunities

While normal volunteering activities are currently on hold. there are still many ways you can volunteer during lockdown and help out in your local community. Many activities – such as online befriending – can be done without even leaving your home.

Below gives a selection of volunteering opportunities available.