First published 7 April 2020; Last updated 20 January 2021.

To help make finding things to do at home a little bit easier, we've pulled together this guide to games and online activities offered by brilliant Bristol attractions and other local businesses. Get stuck into crosswords, word searches, arts and crafts, photography challenges, language lessons and even learn some circus skills!

We'll keep adding to the list, so make sure you bookmark this page and check back soon. 

Bristol from home bingo card

Tick off activities from our Visit Bristol-themed stay at home bingo card. Whether you mark off just a few, cross off a line or manage a full house, tell us your results on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

Bristol film & TV crossword

Fancy yourself as a film and TV buff? See how well you know the features made in our UNESCO City of Film and the famous faces who have called Bristol home by giving our crossword a go. Answers can be downloaded here

Bristol film and TV crossword

Colour in Bristol

Grab your pencils or felt tips and set to work colouring in much-loved Bristol attractions as well as scenes from the city by local illustrators.

At Home with Aerospace Bristol

Aerospace Bristol has a host of fun things to do on their website, for both children and adults. Get to grips with coding, join the online reminiscence project or even build your own rocket launcher. 

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

From a digital jigsaw of the ship’s homecoming to designing a Victorian dessert fit to serve in its First Class Dining Saloon, there are tons of activities to keep you entertained on the SS Great Britain website. 

Bristol Old Vic At Home: Family Arts Hub

Bristol Old Vic has launched it's Family Arts Hub, full of at-home theatre-inspired creative projects which are fun and engaging for kids big and small. Activities include; clothing designs, make your own Giraffe puppet and paint a scenic backdrop.

Gloucestershire Cricket Quiz

Can you name the top 25 first-class century makers for Gloucestershire? This is your chance to really test your Gloucestershire Cricket knowledge! This edition focuses on first-class cricket down the years with 25 names required in the list of highest century makers for the Shire!

There's also a word search for your cricket-crazy kids to have a go at. 

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery's Archaeology at Home

Become a stay-at-home archaeologist with the activities and information inside Bristol Museum & Art Gallery’s newsletter.  

Explore Easter with The New Room

Broken down into activities for different key stages (plus some fun stuff for everyone!), The New Room’s Education Team has put together a handy list of resources that explore the Easter story, for parents and children to look at together. 

Design a new hat for Brunel

The Clifton Suspension Bridge team has invited everyone to show off their art skills on Instagram Stories by giving Brunel a new hat. Remember to tag them (@brunelsbridge) in your creation.

Westonbirt's wellbeing activities

Westonbirt has a wide variety of creative activities inspired by the trees of the arboretum and designed to help you stay connected to nature. Use the hashtag #creativitree to share them on social media. You can also download their playbooks for every season, each containing fun things to do like scavenger hunts and building challenges. 

WWT Slimbridge activities

Learn how to make an origami crane, take part in the garden bug hunt and see how well you know your wetland bird calls with the challenges on Facebook. Additionaly, they have launched a Home Learning Hub.

Wetland bird at WWT Slimbridge

Image - WWT Slimbridge

Junior Drawing School with the Royal West of England Academy

Sign your arty little ones up for online drawing classes. Upcoming classes include Fabric Fun (15 February), Mandalas (17 February) and The Art of Taking Away (18 February). 

Let's Make Art Online: Hidden Self with Arnolfini

Bristol art duo Let's Make Art guide children in making a standing cardboard portrait of themselves, with an interior scene as well as an outward showing persona.

Online English courses with International House Bristol 

Language school International House Bristol is now offering English classes online using Zoom, with foreign language classes soon to follow. 

Online tuition with Living Learning English

English classes are also available online through Living Learning English. Book a short, intensive course over a week or a series of lessons over a few months.

Gromit Unleashed activity packs

These activity packs created by the Gromit Unleashed team are free to download and feature all kinds of Aardman-themed things to do – word searches, trail trivia, design your own sculptures, make your own Gromit, anagrams, code breakers, mazes and more. 

Circomedia's Youth Circus: Home Edition

Brush up on your circus skills with help from Circomedia. They’ve created guides to everything from making a costume to juggling and sock poi. 

At Home with Müllers Museum

Müllers Museum have made downloadable quizzes and other creative activities for some fun while children are at home. 

Sam Pierpoint’s Pip the Paper Turtle craft activity

Download a free turtle template including instructions made by local illustrator and image maker Sam Pierpoint

Paper turtle to make at home by Sam Pierpoint

Image - Sam Pierpoint

Unique Voice's Stay At Home Activity Pack

Unique Voice is a Bristol based social enterprise that specialises in using the arts to develop children’s social and emotional resilience. Download their free activity pack with over 20 pages of arts activities to keep little hands and minds busy.

Creativity Works At Home Create a Mandala

Creativity Works invite you to join them in creating a Mandala inspired by the shapes around you in this video.

Activities for children by Kingswood Museum

As Kingswood Museum is closed for the duration of the Coronavirus crisis, they have come up with two fun activities you can do at home. Their Scavenger Hunt and Family Game are available as PDF-files on their website. There even is a small prize for the ones that complete their collections when the museum reopens!

Healthy Young Minds

Bristol-based Create Health has launched Healthy Young Minds, a national competition online where primary school-age children are asked to tackle today’s big issues using their imagination and creativity. The idea is to harness the power of children’s uninhibited thinking in order to come up with never seen before solutions and inspire them to stick with STEM subjects. Challenges can be uploaded from the website and include Coronakid and ocean exploration.

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