Virtual Groups and Activities

Take a look below to see some suggestions of virtual classes and activities to do during Coronavirus



Families Get Active

Families get Active is free and for all the family. Please do join us for some laid back, fresh air fun from the comfort of your garden or even ten paces outside your front door! There is something for everyone

We have recently moved online and are offering many families get active events from running groups in the comfort of your own garden or home, yoga classes, active photography groups and we are currently planning more active events so keep an eye on our facebook 

Listen to us speaking recently on BBC Radio York where Rebecca; Project Organiser, talks about three simple ways to start getting active now;

  • Sign up here on eventbrite for our free active workshops, these online courses (see course information) are free and are a great way for parents, grandparents, carers and children to get active together. All courses have an active or outdoor theme. You can participate in real time or download to watch later.
  • Access our free online Facebook Group for lots of recipes, low cost ideas, photos, free prize draws, videos, motivational tips and post sharing from our local families
  • Sign up for free 1:1 personalised support with Alice, who will help you build an individual programme which works around your schedule to help you and your family get active. 

The service is free and will always be! Please contact

York Mind

See York Mind's Mental Health and Well-being Activities Programme 2021 for lots of ideas on things to do

Art, Dance, Drama and Music

Story Craft Theatre

Online Crafty Tales every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10am via Zoom. The class begins with 'Hellos' followed by our Crafty Tales song…’s easy to pick up and you can hear it on our social media sites; if you want to practice beforehand. Then it's time for the craft activity; we make this all together, taking you through the instructions, step by step and will be there to support you and answer questions, live. Once you have completed your craft, it’s time for the story centred around a popular picture book. It always includes songs, games, dancing, and characters to make it fun and educational. Crafty Tales is aimed at 2-5 year olds but all children are welcome. It's £3.50 per child (under 2s are free when booking with a sibling). Classes last 50 minutes. For more information and to book your ticket, please click on the link below. Check out Story Craft Theatre social media every Tuesday and Thursday for FREE craft ideas to keep your little folk entertained.


Returning Saturday 9th January 2021

Hoglets acclaimed story and drama classes –  LIVE AND FREE online!
Hoglets classes are drama and storytelling adventures, aimed at ages 0-7. Each session is an imagination firing, energetic, immersive and enchanting experience for little minds.
We run 4 sessions a week – beamed live, right into your homes.
Sessions are running Sat-Tues, are 45mins long and are easy to join. Just click the join button at your chosen time.:
Sat 10am – Big Hoglets (walking+)
Mon 10am – Big Hoglets (walking+)
Tues 9.30am – Little Hoglets (birth-walking)
Tues 10.30am – Big Hoglets (walking+)

For more information email
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Hoglets @ Mind

Dates: Wednesdays (Fortnightly) starting Wednesday 6th January 2021
Venue: Initally over Zoom
Time: 9.30am — 10.45am
Hoglets at Mind is a storytelling class for mothers and their babies.
We combine storytelling, games and songs, designed especially for very young children (from birth to walking), with an informal and relaxed post-class session where Mums can listen to each other’s stories, share experiences, or simply enjoy being with one another in a safe judgemental free space.

En Pointe Online Dance Class

Love dancing? Then why not continue doing what you love. En Pointe have online dance classes. 


York Theatre Royal's The Platform Project

This is a free project for anyone aged 16-21years and NEET (not in employment, education or training) or simply in need of a positive place to be.

The project will take place at York Theatre Royal; through weekly sessions; over six months; starting January 2021. You will be given the opportunity to work collaboratively with an artist to co-create a piece of live theatre or performance, that will express who you are and your experiences. You might explore spoken word; music; film; visual arts or any other art forms based on your interests. The performance will take place in June/July 2021.

For more information please contact Paula Clark, Outreach Director, at or 07895738089.

Fitness and Martial Arts

Active Kids do Better

Get started by using our family-friendly activities and begin moving together in your living room, garden or local park


Martial Arts 4Us online classes!


 Interested in booking a FREE Virtual Beginner to Martial Arts class for your child? 😮

 We only have a few places left with our Blackbelt Intructors 🥋 Ring Nicki 07825984999 or email her on

 We have over 900 members training ONLINE!✅

 🎥Class via zoom (video app)

🌈Fun and High energy sessions

💪🏽Burn off your kids energy and learn new skills ❤️Family Activity

 Join hundreds of others on your online Martial Arts Journey!

Wake Up With Joe

Keep up your fitness levels with Joe Wicks. PE sessions are now 3 days a week and can be found on Joe Wick's You Tube channel. Just head over to You Tube and search for The Body Coach TV. Then select Wake Up With's that simple!


Virtual Museum and Art Gallery Tours

We bring to you a selection of Museums and Art Galleries from all around the world, take a look at what they are offering online terms of virtual tours. 

York Art Gallery

We start with our very own York Art Gallery who at the moment have a fabulous Artwork display of Harland Miller  work   'So good they named it once' .  Take a look


Jorvik Viking Centre

Discover what online activities Jorvik Viking Centre has for children and young people for 'discover at home' exploration.

Murton Park York

Visit Murton Park - without leaving  your home! Take a look on their website or Murton Park's Facebook page to discover what you will see. 

York Museum

York Museum Trust are hosting a range of activities, games and information which you can access from the comfort of your own home. 


The Deep

We wanted to help where we can, so every MONDAY MORNING at 9am, we will be posting some of our Deep themed resources for you to enjoy. From colouring sheets, to puzzles and informative quiz sheets, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do 


The British Museum

Explore their current collection online.

NASA Glenn Research Centre

Get an inside look at NASA Glenn Research Center’s facilities. Select a tour and have a look around.

The Louvre

Lots of virtual tours around the gallery in Paris, including the great artist Leonard de Vinci.

Natural History Museum

Take a self guided tour of the galleries. There are some great audio guides narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

Plus, can't get out to explore nature????

See their Try this at home pageOn this page you'll find activities and ideas to occupy yourself and family at home, in your garden or local outdoor space.

Van Gogh Museum

Activities for art lovers of all ages.

Scenic walks and wildlife

Wild Things

Wild Things is bringing you nature based activities that can be done on your daily walk or in your back yard. These activities are free to access, our aim is to help families access nature until Wild Things sessions can restart. Stay safe. 

RSPB's Identify a Bird

Lots of us have commented that we have seen more wildlife since lockdown, but can you identify the birds you have spotted? Why not use this bird identifier (which lists 406 species of birds found in the UK) to try find out what birds you have seen recently?

Woodland Trust

Have at look at Woodland Trust 10 Nature activities that you can do at home


 iTravel York's Wildlife Walks

Find details of scenic walks around York, which range from 1-9 miles in length and all start and end near a bus-stop.

Follow the link, download one of the Exploring York booklets, take a scenic walk and explore York! 

Little Viking's The Best Family Walks in York and Yorkshire

Little Vikings have produced an 'Ultimate Guide' to get you out and about in the fresh air, in and around our beautiful city.

Other activities and STEM

 Explore York Library


Explore York Libraries and Archives have links to some great sites to help you with children’s literacy, reading and learning activities, as well as just having fun. There are also links to sites that will help you talk to your child about coronavirus, especially if they are worried by it. You can find them at Keep looking as we will add more sites as we find new ones.

Harry Potter at Home

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has launched an online activity hub called “Harry Potter at Home” for parents and teachers to use with kids during the COVID-19.

Harry Potter at Home hub will offer a free collection of Potter-themed child-friendly activities, puzzles, videos, quizzes, articles and more,

These include a quiz about the series’ first book, The Philosopher’s Stone, a guide on how to draw the magical Niffler creature and Harry Potter word search.


TIP Technology in Play Yorkshire

Online classes are available.



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