Week 3 - 4th May 2020
To help support the residents of the Wigan Borough with staying at home, we have put together our top five activities to do each week to make the most of your time and most importantly to have fun while staying safe at home.
You can follow updates of our What’s on at Home guide through our Facebook and Twitter page, just look out for the hashtag #whatsonathome.
Monday - Read along with Michelle Obama
Looking for a read along for you and your little ones? Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, is doing a read along of some of the most beloved children’s books every Monday until 11th May. These will be live streamed on Penguin Random House’s Facebook page (external link) and PBS Kids’ YouTube channel (external link) at 5pm UK time. This week she will be reading Eliza Wheeler’s Miss Maple’s Seeds, and next Monday she will be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. If you can’t watch it live, you can catch up on all her readings on the PBS Kids’ YouTube channel.
Tuesday - Learn with free courses from The Open University
If you want to use this time to learn new things or enhance your current skill set, The Open University has hundreds of free courses through their Open Learn Service. These courses can be studied by anyone at any time, and can be 1 hour to 24 hours long. From marketing and business to personal finance and entrepreneurship, this is a great opportunity to develop and widen your knowledge.
Wednesday - WWF’s Learn to Love Nature activities
WWF have put together their Learn to Love Nature activities with a theme each week. This week is all about Forests, with fun daily activities to help you connect with nature and learn more about forests. This week includes crafting your own orangutan and all you will need is scissors, glue, pens, split pin fasteners, a thick needle and the orangutan template. You can either download the craft sheet now or join Lizzie and Annette on the WWF Facebook group on Wednesday 6th May at 11:30am, who will show you how to make your own orangutan using recycled materials. Want to get involved? Find out more how Greater Manchester are reconnecting people and wildlife with the My Wild City project.
Thursday - Bring the theatre to your home
Are you missing trips to the theatre? What’s on Stage have put together a list of stage shows, musicals and operas you can watch online for free. There are lots to choose from such as the Northern Ballet, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals and Cirque du Soleil. Chichester Festival Theatre are also streaming their productions for free for 30 days, including their musical adaptation of David Walliams’ ‘The Midnight Gang’, which was released last week.
Friday - UK-wide sing along in celebration of VE Day
Friday 8th May marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Even though we are now celebrating safely at home, there are lots of ways we can commemorate the anniversary. At 9pm there will be a UK wide rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ on BBC One. The British Legion have supplied the lyrics, so make sure you get practicing!
Looking for activities to do on the weekend? Check out our What’s on at Home Weekend Guide for more ideas of how to have fun while staying safe at home.