14 Kids Lockdown Activities
Exciting kids activities to keep your mini mes happy and entertained during lockdown
Published 25 August

Are your little ones powering through activities and you’re now looking for inspiration to keep them entertained? We’re helping take the stress out of entertaining your mini mes, with our guide filled with 14 exciting kids activities, sure to keep them happy and entertained during lockdown. 

1. Discover The Secret Garden Augmented Reality Experience 


Let your kids discover the whimsical joy of The Secret Garden this school holidays. The Secret Garden is an augmented reality experience allowing your little ones the opportunity to bring the excitement of a magical world into their own backyard. 


Filled with magical nature moments, the augmented reality experience, alongside some gorgeous colouring-in activity sheets will provide hours of fun for them to explore. Plus your kids will go into the draw to win a share in 2K worth of kids activity packs! Available exclusively and free, follow the garden path to a magical world HERE. 


2. Delight In Some Joyful Kids Baking


Bring the joy of baking into your home with some simple recipes you can bake alone or with the little ones. We’ve curated a list of delightfully whimsical recipes perfect for a spring garden picnic, from nostalgic treats inspired by the classic school fete, to fun modern takes on classic treats READ NOW.


3. Order A New Family Favourite Board Game


For hours of fun for the whole family to enjoy, why not pick up some new board games. Nothing beats the quality family time enjoyed over a classic game. Both Dymocks and Robinsons Bookshop have a great range of games on offer, and are available for click and collect.  


4. Enjoy Some Spring Gardening  


A home garden is the perfect way to spend time with the kids outdoors. Select a space in your backyard and get them involved with preparing, planting and maintaining your spring garden! Plus, it’s a playful, educational and productive way to see a seed grow and flourish into a flower, fruit, vegetable or plant.

5. Host A Picnic


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There are plenty of ways to celebrate Spring, but a picnic in the great outdoors certainly takes the cake! If it’s a nice day outside, we suggest rounding up your family, preparing some easy-to-eat snacks and setting up a picnic spread for the family to enjoy.

Want to take it up a notch? Pick a theme! Whether you’re hosting a teddy-bear’s picnic or a fairy-tale tea party, your tribe will love getting into a creative theme. Use tableware, decorations and costumes to set the scene, then enjoy a blissful afternoon underneath the shining sun. 

6. Create A Family Steps Fitness Challenge


With the warmer weather and gorgeous flowers in bloom, now is the perfect time for some friendly family competition. Fitness Trackers are a fun way to encourage your kids to head outdoors and increase their fitness. If you’re looking to add an exciting challenge, organise a step goal and have a family challenge with fun prizes. 

7. Pick Up Some New Books

If your mini me is an avid reader, lockdown is the perfect time to stock up on some more must read books to keep them entertained. 

Every year the bookworms at Dymocks celebrate their favourite children's books and curate a Kids' Top 51 list. This year, the well-read people of Dymocks have voted for their top ten books across five different children's categories, with plenty of interesting reads the hardest decision is which one to pick first, READ NOW.

8. Undertake A Bedroom Makeover – pick up some special pieces


Do you have a budding creative living in your home? Let your kids imagination run wild and have them design their dream room. Then using this theme, work with them to select some key new pieces to brighten up their room. Bed Bath N' Table are open for Click and Collect, and have a wide range of magical bedroom makeover items to choose from.

9. Go On A Nature Scavenger Hunt In Your Local Park Or Backyard


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Why not send your tribe on a mini scavenger hunt to explore the great outdoors? Simply create your own scavenger list using a note pad and pen, listing items such as flowers, leaves, pinecones, pebbles, and sticks. To keep things really interesting and get little brains thinking, ask them to look for items such as ‘something tiny’, ‘something white’, ‘something smooth’ and so on. 

Once your list is ready, give your child a box or a basket, along with your list of items to find in nature. This one is sure to keep them entertained for hours! 

10. Catch A New Hollywood Blockbuster

If you’ve scrolled through all of Netflix and you’re looking for a new movie to entertain the family you need to check out Dendy Home Cinema. This pay per film service allows you to select the latest blockbuster hit, with must watch flicks such as Space Jam A New Legacy, you're sure to find the perfect film, DISCOVER NOW

11. Spark Creativity With Watercolour Painting

As we ease into the warmer weather, it’s the perfect opportunity to sit in the sunshine and paint with your mini-me. 

Gather some watercolour paints and brushes to ignite their inner Picasso, then let the beautiful outdoors inspire your masterpieces. Together, you could paint lady bugs, bees, lush green trees, blossoms and plants in your backyard. And the added bonus? This one is sure to keep the little ones entertained for a while!

12. Treat Your Family Pet to A Barkuterie Board

Don’t forget the four-legged members of the family. Treat your dog and create a barkuterie board, a dog friendly charcuterie board, filled with healthy and delicious treats. 

Stock your pet’s board with their favourite colourful irresistible treats from Coles such as chicken pieces, salmon, carrot sticks, strawberries, with peanut butter or yogurt bowls. 

13. Try A New Cuisine For Takeaway Night

Explore new cuisines with your kids by ordering something different to your usual go to takeaway option. With an extensive range of world cuisines on offer, you're sure to find a new favourite from Canberra Centre food retailers. To help with planning you’ll find our Food Retailer Takeaway/Delivery Guide HERE


14. Plan A Pampering Afternoon

Perfect for older kids looking for a pampering experience. They’ll be the envy of their friends with a few treats picked up to create a fun self-care pampering session. 
Make a b-line for Mecca to pick up some fun facemasks and body products, to make for a perfect pampering session. To really set the theme, we also recommend picking up a fragrant Glasshouse candle from Pharmacy on Petrie

A day at the spa isn’t complete without finishing with a warming cup of tea. Freshen this idea up for Spring by picking up some delicious cold brew teas from T2. Pop in some delicious slices of fresh fruit and you’ve got the perfect post spa session referesher. 


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