Online resources to keep your youngsters entertained

Fun indoors

St Peter’s Dance and Drama Academy has released a timetable for virtual lessons.

The academy, based in the grounds of St Peter’s-in-Thanet junior school, will hold the sessions using Zoom – a platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and more.

Sessions run throughout the week and started today (March 30). They include street dance, stretch and musical theatre.

Book by emailing [email protected]


Thanet Wanderers schools and community programme has put together a free website for students and is giving away prizes to the schools with the most submissions and the best individual efforts.

The website is at

Parents group

A facebook group for parents – Reality of Life under lockdown…. With children – is offering support and ideas for entertaining the little ones

Family Zone

The National Literacy Trust has launched Family Zone full of ideas to entertain children at home and benefit their reading, writing and language development.

Family Zone is created in partnership with teachers, authors, publishers and educational organisations.


SquirrelARTS has come up with an idea to engage the young children in Thanet, to use art as a thread to connect with each other and help to copewith the coronavirus. pandemic.

Youngsters are invited to sit around a virtual community table and help produce a big art collage. Whether at home alone or on lock down with family, all children from Thanet schools are welcome to join in.

The rules

You can sew, draw, collage, print, glue. You can use words or images, even use your i-pad or a smartphone.

Collage or draw an image of your choice on the theme of  ‘Something that gets me through the day’ onto a piece of paper 20cm x 20cm square. This might be,

Waking up late

Playing in the garden

Helping with chores

Building lego

Watching Netflix


Xbox, Playstation

Playing board games

Be creative …show the world what the children in Thanet do to say “Go away Coronavirus, We are busy!”

Send a photo of your finished square, with #duringthecoronvirus with your name and a short description. (If you wish to remain anonymous,make that known).
The square will be shared on the Squirrel Arts facebook page, Instagram feed, and later on some will be featured on the  new website.

Once the coronavirus has come to a close, and we are returning to ordinary patterns of life, children will be encouraged to exhibit their works with SquirrelARTS.

Send photos of your finished square to [email protected]

Creative Distance

Thanet artists and entertainers are joining together to combat the lack of entertainment due to social isolation.

Looping The Loop CIC, in partnership with What’s Coming Out Of The Box, are planning an online festival of theatre, art, music, dance and more. They are joined by Inspiration Creative which is  running sessions weekdays suitable for children and adults with and without disabilities. Where possible sessions are BSL signed and where that’s not possible then subtitle films are offered.

Find them at Creative Distance and Inspiration Creative on facebook and YouTube channel Inspiration Creative Thanet.

Kent Test help

Two Isle teachers are dedicating their time to producing free content for parents at home, primarily with resources for studying the Kent Test (11+) alongside general school resources.
Working with a team of 10 teachers they have released 1000+ free worksheets and compiled them into parent-friendly folders in an open Google Drive. It’s totally free to access.


Or go to

Coronavirus explained

A booklet explaining the current coronavirus situation has been created by Theatre Royal, Margate worker and former Thanet College student Rachael Anderson.

If you would like a copy email [email protected]

Listening service

Free listening support sessions are being offered by Thanet Family Liaison Officer Pia Joulianou. People can get in touch on her website and she will get back to them.

The service is for all ages and free of charge either via Skype or telephone. Pia can help with ideas for things to do or just as a way to offload and feel supported. The website address with the get in touch link is

Enchanted entertainment

Free live storytimes and personalised video messages with princesses from Enchanted Entertainment.

Owner Kayleigh Stevens said: “We wanted to keep the magic alive by giving children something to take their mind off things.  We are now doing:
✨Personalised video messages
✨Birthday messages
✨Easter messages
✨Princess storytimes
✨Princess videos
✨Princess dance lessons
✨Princess arts & crafts

“We are also doing a live on our Facebook page this Saturday at 2pm with 6 princesses. As this Saturday was meant to be our sold out princess ball but we have had to postpone it.

Find Enchanted Entertainment on facebook here


Keeping children entertained during the Easter break is challenging enough and now with lockdown restrictions in place families are having to be extra creative to keep boredom at bay.

In response community group, the Gordon Road Area Street Scheme (GRASS) has launched a Thanet-wide colouring competition to keep  youngsters occupied while at home.

Designed by local graphic designer Michael Goodson the image to colour depicts the isle’s coastline and rules for entry can be found here

Creativity 4 Wellbeing

A ready-made resource full of arty activities for everyone can be found at . You’ll see hundreds of creative ideas and projects which are all free to use.