Active families

Need to tucker out those kids? Isolation is hard on all of us but particularly so for kids - no school or weekend play dates can make life a little dull. Add some vibrant exercise to your daily routine with these virtual workouts and get the kids dancing, saluting the sun and having a whole lot of fun!

Do you know of any other great resources that we can share with our community? Contact us and let us know!

  • Learn to swim at home

    Sing, dance, laugh and SWIM with these wonderful swim resources for kids. For ages 4 to 12 we’ve got your at-home swimming fun covered with videos and tips from Life Saving Victoria and from our very own Yarra Leisure instructors!

    Dive in
  • Libraries at home

    Calling all frazzled home educators, oops we mean parents. If you’re out of ideas to keep the kids entertained (and quiet for just a few precious minutes), Yarra Libraries have got you sorted. With virtual activities like toddler aerobics, crafts and storytimes, your little tackers will be happy little vegemites in no time. 

    Check it out
  • Les Mills | Born to Move

    When it comes to learning a whole lot of cool moves from dance, martial arts and yoga these classes are the way to go. Each 20 or 40-minute class is jam-packed with cool music and foundation fitness moves and fun games. This is sure to leave the kids (and parents) feeling great!

    Get moving
  • Cosmics Kids Yoga

    Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.

    Get started
  • Disney Family

    Disney's exciting series features creative Disney workouts and is the perfect way to break a sweat without leaving the comfort of your own home! Featuring Disney classics like Peter Pan and The Incredibles, these family-friendly workouts are so much fun you won’t even realize you’re exercising.

    Get moving
  • GoNoodle

    Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts for wherever the kids are!

    Get moving
  • PE with Joe

    PE with Joe is a really fun way to keep fit with the family with a new workout released daily to keep your kids on their toes.

    Get active with Joe

Fun at home

Being a parent is stressful, add in a global pandemic and bored kids in isolation and you have a whole new level of stress (and frustration).

Thankfully, our fantastic team of at Yarra Libraries have started Stay at Home Storytime, a pre-recorded virtual Storytime that you can watch from the comfort of your own home. Yay for technology!

There are also some really fantastic initiatives popping up on social media, take a peek at New York Times bestselling illustrator Wendy Macnuaghton’s brilliant and quirky drawing classes for kids (and big kids) on her Instagram @wendymac.

Manuela Molina has created a short book that you can download in many languages to support and reassure children under the age of 7 about COVID-19. She encourages families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. Manuela also recommends printing this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times.