We know that this year has not started out as well as we would all have wanted it to, but we are always hopeful for brighter days ahead. As a new national lockdown returns, we’re here to bring you some family fun ideas that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home, which we don’t really mind when it’s cold outside, brrrrrrrr!

Hungry Little Minds

If you have little ones that are aged 0-5, Hungry Little Minds is the online place to be. Packed full of ideas for you and your children to do together, there are lots of options including videos to watch, activities and book inspiration too. Each section is split into age groups which makes it really easy to navigate your way around and find the perfect entertainment for you. Remember if you need access to books, you can always check out Middlesbrough Libraries and the Borrowbox app which is available to all library members. If you’re not already a member of the library you can apply online and staff will help you to join virtually.

Get arty and crafty with Middlesbrough Museums

If you love all things arts and crafts, make sure you’re following the Dorman Museum on Facebook for regular craft videos with Sue and also check out Tees Valley Museums too. On the website you’ll find information from five museum services, right across the Tees Valley, who are keen to make their collections available to everyone! We can recommend having a good dig around in the site to see what you can find, including creative writing and making, and if you’re back to home-schooling definitely check out the Schools at Home activities for some inspiration.

Kids Augmented Reality

Storytime has become even more exciting thanks to augmented reality technology! Using your smartphone or tablet, see the pictures come to life as they POP off the page and move in glorious 3D! It’s truly magical and there’s loads of titles to choose from too. Visit Middlesbrough Libraries to find out more and to start your new bedtime story adventures today.

Walking in a winter wonderland

three young girls walking holding hands

While it might be cold outside, you can still pop outside for some exercise and we’re so lucky to have lots of fab places for walks in Middlesbrough. From our award-winning green spaces to a stroll around your local area, there’s always something new to see and now is the perfect time to keep your eyes open for the first green shoots of snowdrop leaves.

Some of our cafes are open for takeaways or collections which means you can add in a cheeky hot chocolate as a treat too. Make sure to follow your favourites on their social media to stay up to date with all the latest information and opening times, and remember that sharing is caring. If you’ve really enjoyed a tasty treat or delicious drink, let all your family and friends know about it by sharing on your social media or in your group chats – our local independent businesses need us now more than ever and supporting local can be done in lots of different ways.

If you prefer your daily exercise to be a slightly faster pace, it’s good news as PE with Joe is back! Starting from Monday 11th January at 9am (UK time), the sessions will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on Joe’s YouTube channel.

If you have found some excellent family activities that you want us to share, please get in touch with us as we would love to hear from you. Send us an email to: marketing@middlesbrough.gov.uk or get in touch on our social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Stay safe and keep looking out for each other.