Children and young people

With so much information available about COVID-19, it can overwhelming. And not just for you but your children also.

Below, is a child-friendly breakdown of what COVID-19 is and how your children can do their part to keep both themselves and their siblings safe.

Download this short booklet and print it out for your children to read and interact with.

Off the Record online groups

Off the Record (OTR) based in Old Market offers mental health support for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol and South Glos.

If you’re looking for stuff to do or feeling a bit agitated by the lockdown they’ve adapted loads of their sessions to run online.

You can now sign up to OTR’s digital groups to help support your wellbeing here:

You can also reach them on 0808 808 9120 (Freephone) or Website:

Youth Moves

Youth Moves based at The Park is still making sure young people in the area are being supported. Visit or contact them on Facebook.

Online activities for young people and families

New online hub for children and young people with Bristol-based creative activities, from an exercise video with Bristol Rovers FC and story read by local actor Joe Sims – to making scones with the city’s Great British Bake Off star Briony Williams. Visit:

Jump Studios

Jump Studios based at Knowle West Media Centre is offering free online resources and activities for young people to do at home – from music and coding to design and preparing files for laser-cutting.


My Wild City COVID 19 Survival Pack

Avon Wildlife Trust has a host of activities in its My Wild City Survival Pack – and for many you don’t have to go outside.

Here are some of the ideas for children and families:

Keep up to date with Avon Wildlife Trust on: /

Steve Backshall has a live wildlife chat on You Tube, Facebook page and Instagram – from identifying bird song to how he set up a trail cam to discover who was raiding his bins…


PE, dance and fitness

The Body Coach Joe Wickes is doing daily PE class workouts at 9am for cooped up kids on his Youtube channel:

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge and professional ballerina, Dame Darcey Bussell, is offering dance workouts through her DDMIX Facebook.

And if families fancy learning the Charleston or Cha Cha Cha, Strictly professional dancer Dianne Buswell has posted dance tutorials on her Instagram which she is doing with her former dance partner Joe Sugg.

Lockdown Yoga

Kelly Sheldrick who has been teaching sessions at Filwood Community Centre has recorded a Lockdown Yoga session for families. She also offers weekly online sessions at

Free online yoga

In response to the many school closures – Down Dog is offering free access to its online yoga classes until July 1st for all students and teachers (K-12 and college).

To access the free school membership, register your school’s domain by visiting

Circus Skills

Although the Youth Circus at Filwood Community Centre is on pause – there are some great online activities from Circomedia…/youth-circus-home-edition/


Bristol Libraries

If you’re missing your trips to the library with child – Bristol Libraries has launched this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

They also have eight free downloadable activity packs for children

There’s live streaming of Story Time for under fives at 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and you can take part in Baby Bounce and Rhyme on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am during term-time:

Audio stories

David Walliams is releasing a free audio story on his website every day for 30 days and there are lots of free activities/resource packs to download:

Other celebrities are reading stories on a new Instagram account:

Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities – ps:// activities/

Talu Tales -particularly aimed at girls. Available on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Channels


Bristol museums might be closed but you can still get a dose of culture from home…

You can experience some of their most recent exhibitions from the comfort of your own sofa : view online exhibitions or look at collections ranging from archaeology and history to industry and the natural world: search collections online.

For more information visit


For children who are happiest in the kitchen, there’s a kids cookalong three times a week with Theo Michaels on his Youtube/Instagram

Older ones can tune in to Jamie Oliver’s Channel 4 show Keep Cooking and Carry On at 5.30pm every weeknight.


Countdown legend and maths whizz Carol Vorderman has opened up her online maths school for free for the duration of the school closures: which are aimed at 4-12s but could help parents too…


Former HearSay pop star Myleene Klass is offering free music lessons on her Youtube channel Myleene’s Music Klass includes teaching youngsters to read music and clap rhythms.


You can access Dan Snow’s history documentaries for free for a month on his History Hit streaming service.

Other ideas

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