While many of our usual leisure facilities are closed and many of you are at home binging Netflix, BBC Iplayer and Sky TV box sets, I wanted to make you aware of some of services which are offering free time over the next few months, which would ordinarily be a paid for service.
For the kids
Joe Wicks Bodycoach - free kids PE lessons 9am every day or watch the backlog online.
Connie Huq - Kids TV presenter running science, crafts and cooking videos. Short and sweet.
Carol Vorderman's Maths Factor - fun maths lessons and quizzes for kids
David Walliams - David Walliams reads stories for elevenses
Maddie Moate - TV presenter provides Stay Curious sessions, live science fun you can do at home
Oti Mabuse Dance - Dance classes for kids based off Shrek, Mary Poppins, Trolls and more
StoryOnline - children's stories read by celebrities
Rosetta Stone - Free language classes aimed at kids
NASA Kids Club - Learn and play games about space and Nasa's work
Sir Link A Lot - learn spelling with fun rhymes and songs
Crayola colouring - hundreds of printable colouring pages created by Crayola
Fender Guitar Lessons - learn to jam on your guitar at home
Ready Set Ride - learn to ride a bike in your garden, with British Cycling
Liv Cooke - Forget netflix, learn neck flips... The BBC freestyle football ace is teaching you how to do ball tricks whilst at home
New Urban Era - continuing some of their activities online, beatboxing tricks, graffiti and art
Gog Free Games - free downloadable computer games for the next few weeks
Everyone Active - home based exercise fun and games for children and adults alike
Twycross Zoo - how to draw animals
Tamworth Panto - a filmed version of this year's panto! Aladdin with a twist...Very fun to watch
Beginner Karate Lessons - short lessons aimed at youth which can be done at home
Easy Origami - ladybugs, jumping frogs, pelicans and more
Harry Potter at home - reading, quizzes and fun
How to draw - fun toons from animals to sonic the hedgehog
Parliament Game - Be an MP for a week in an online game...
Virtual tour of parliament - see the Commons and the Lords
Buckingham Palace - tour some of the famous rooms in the Palace
Natural History Museum - videos, exhibits, tours and digital collections, even commentary from Attenborough
Paris Catacombs - explore the underground, see the skulls and bones
Google Arts and Culture - virtual tours of castles, the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, Mt Fuji, museums and more
British Museum see objects from the collection
The Louvre - See some of the exhibits from the Louvre
The National Gallery - tour of the art, has VR options available if you have a headset
The Sistine Chapel - take a look at the inside of the world's most famous chapel
The Vatican - explore the Vatican museums and some of the art exhibits
Kew Gardens - see some of the Kew garden collections
Virtual Stonehenge - take a wander and learn more about Stonehenge
NASA Langley Research Centre - tour and discover NASA's work
Sandiego Zoo - live cams from the animal enclosures
Baltimore National Aquarium - see the exhibits and animals
Tour Jerusalem - see one of the world's most visited pilgrimage destinations
National Palace Museum - China's famous space
La Galllerie Degli Uffizi - Renaissance art from Italy
Tate Modern - weekly videos of exhibits in the Tate Modern, learn the stories behind the famous art
London Zoo - webcams, zookeeper vids and behind the scenes updates
For the Adults
Everyone Staffordshire - Timetable of events to be done over the phone, bingo, book clubs, quizzes and more (or call 03330 050 095)
Birdwatching Resources - Free year long membership to the British Trust for Ornithology
Dance Xchange Birmingham - Online dance classes, Ballet, Salsa, Urban, Voguing and more (insta live - need to follow)
Les Mills Home Workouts - There's even some bodypump and bodycombat for those missing their classes
Virtual Grand Prix - For those missing the real races
Yoga with Adriene - over 500 free yoga vids
Peaky Blinders Haircuts - for those braving a haircut at home, mens basic hair tutorials
Chris Hemsworth Fitness - Aussie star does home fitness for the next 6 weeks
Davida McCall - Own your goals, 30 membership, no payment details required. Fitness at home
Audible Literary Classics - Listen to Kafka, Brontes, Rand and more..... Some great stories for all ages here, even mini stories for the kids
National Theatre at home - weekly shows which would normally be on at the theatre.
MET Opera Free - Scroll to today's date and catch the free stream of opera. One each night. An on demand service is available at cost.
Bongo Bingo - forget the clubs, they bring the music and bingo to your bedroom. Sat/Tues 8pm. Play for free using your mobile but they're encouraging NHS donations.
Introduction to virology - for those who want to learn more about viruses, try this online course
Learn MMA - some free classes on mixed martial arts and self defence
Snowdome Fitness - Short vids from the fitness team at Tamworth Snowdome
Cooking - from Miguel Barclay's £1 quick meals to Jack Monroe's cooking on a bootstrap to more traditional cooking with Delia Smith and fancy pieces from Searcy's there's plenty of online resources for cooking.
Documentary on Big Ben's Makeover - watch a short film on the work being done on Big Ben
Knitting tutorials - for people with the time and the knitting gear
The mobile and tablet app AutonoMe is also free for the time being. This app is aimed at people with SEND or dementia as it helps you learn or re-learn basic activities with the help of videos and QR codes.
I asked what offline activities you guys have been doing and activities include exercise, gardening, decluttering the home, board and card games, indoor picnics, learning how to cook or make cocktails,, painting and DIY, making bird boxes, bat boxes and bug hotels, reading books and comics, writing letters to friends and family, home based spa days, learning make up and nail painting techniques, playing instruments, drawing and painting, listening to music and podcasts, researching family history, finding ways to re-use old clothes, crafts and lego, jigsaws creating tiktok videos, making window signs to cheer on keyworkers, keeping a 'lockdown diary' to look back on in the future, pet grooming and more!!
And of course if you can help out physically or even through phone befriending, please sign up to help the NHS with the GoodSAM App