Home schooling is challenging to most parents and it can be a battle to get the kids engaged. Thankfully, many local Bucks' businesses that cater for kids have adapted to a more virtual experience, often sharing resources that fit with the National Curriculum.
Great news! Animal parks are allowed to re-open from June 15th so show your support and book a visit. Watch this space for more details as it may take some time for them to prepare for opening in order to make it safe for the public and their staff. In the meantime, live webcams, videos and photos are being shared online all the time so we can enjoy this special Spring season. Kew Little Pigs, the award-winning micro pig farm in Amerham, has some adorable new piglets that they are sharing on their social media and are now open for visitors but please book online.
Green Dragon Eco Farm have a wide variety of animals from goats, lambs, donkeys and rabbits to birds of prey, reptiles and insects. Visit their social media for all their updates. Did you know they also offer fresh woodfired pizza to takeaway on Saturdays?
Odds Farm Park is also showcasing its adorable new arrivals on their website and social media and the website for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has some great content too. You can go on a virtual dog walk, hold a virtual quiz and even sponsor a puppy.
Bringing the wonders of wildlife and the great outdoors indoors, the Colne Valley Regional Park (whose western border crosses into Bucks) has some great kids’ workshops and activities on their website, many in line with the National Curriculum. Birdwatching, scavenger hunts, brain teasers and more can be done through a window, in your garden or when out exercising. Whilst the park is now permitted to be open, its management is requesting that all visitors adhere to all government social distancing guidelines and stay alert.
A Trip to the Museum
Many of our local museums have enabled us to visit with online tours and downloadable resources.
The Paralympic Heritage Trust tells the story of the Paralympic Games and you can visit their exhibition online with a virtual tour, which includes a fun ‘spot the paper crane’ game. They’ve also created some useful learning resources to download for all year groups which explore the Paralympic Heritage.
You can explore the Roald Dahl Museum’s galleries with a virtual tour plus there are loads of fun activities, including making a chocolate wrapper ball or button for the glass ceiling elevator, on their website.
The Chilterns Open Air Museum has reopened its grounds. The Museum’s collection of historic buildings are open but visitors are able to explore the period gardens, ‘Dig for Victory’ allotment, fruit orchards, bodgers area and woodland. COAM’s shop and toilets are open and visitors can purchase takeaway hot and cold drinks and snacks from the Village Kitchen but the Museum’s café will remain closed. There are picnic tables on site and dogs are welcome on short leads. In the meantime, COAM has some fantastic and unusual activities on their website, like how to make an Anglo Saxon brooch and learn to write the Runic Futhork alphabet.
On the Amersham Museum’s website you can discover the history of the town and experience life there in years gone by. You can even enter their lottery called the Amersham Museum 200 Club - with monthly prize draws you can win a cash prize whilst helping to keep the museum funded through this difficult time.
Bletchley Park has re-opened. Book online for a timed slot by going to their website. They also have a dedicated YouTube channel on which you can watch fascinating videos about the Enigma Codebreakers, plus their website has learning resources and great facts and figures celebrating the VE Day 75th Anniverary .
Waddesdon Manor's grounds are now open for pre-booked visitors only. The bus is not operating so you will be required to walk up from the car park and hand washing stations will be provided. Online it has a dedicated family fun webpage which includes a Myths and Legends Digital Trail, instructions on how to build your very own manor out of cardboard or Lego, learning resources and some delicious recipes from their archive, including ginger nuts, special chocolate cake and bread and butter pudding.
Cooking Up A Storm
Talking of recipes, now is the ideal time to indulge in some cookery with the kids. The Beverley Glock Cookery School is sharing their recipes and lessons on social platforms but you can also enrol your kids in online cookery classes for a fee.
If you have a future gourmet in your midst, Taplow House Hotel are revealing their recipes from their restaurant on social media and you can tune into IGTV to watch local Michelin-starred chef, Tom Kerridge, rustle up some crowd-pleasers.