Coronavirus – online links for things to do that are free


Useful links for things to do from home that are free

At a glance, what you can find in this guide:


Arts & Culture

  • Free online operas
  • Stageit – Complete online free music concerts – donations requested
  • The Sofa Singers  – is a free & weekly online singing event that aims to bring people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection.
  • The Wind and the Willows – Online Musical
  • West Side Cinema – have moved online and now provide lots of links to different screenings and also provide a west fire side cinema.  (Local organisation) 

Educational and How to links

  • BBC Teach – Whether you’re at home or at school, you can use BBC Teach for free. Our website is home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject.
  • Big History Project – Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
  • Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. By the end of these games, players are ready to use conventional text-based languages.
  • Crash Course – You Tube videos on many subjects
  • Crash Course Kids – or a younger audience
  • Duoplingo – free website for learning languages which can be very useful if you’re looking to learn a new language. Also comes in a phone app which is very good
  • Futurelearn – Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
  • For those of you home educating, Into Filmhave made their amazing resource of activities, usually only available to members, accessible to all. We’d highly recommend joining up anyway, but in the meantime:
  • Geography Games – Geography gaming!

How to access GLOW (digital learning platform on line) from a

  • National Geographic Kids – All sorts of engaging educational videos
  • OnlineSafetyAtHome: your first activity pack for parents & carers inside this is a great site for information on how to keep our young people safe online. – Police Scotland – Safer Communities
  • Open Learn – Family friendly hub 
  • Open University Open Learn – Free online courses available to all.
  • Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
  • Oxford Owl for Home – Lots of free resources for Primary age
  • Seneca – For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
  • Scratch – Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
  • Sign Language – PLEASE join us on Monday at 1pm (after lunch) on this FaceBook page and we will be teaching you and your children the basics of British sign language
  • Sumdog – Sumdog’s games engage children in personalised maths, spelling and grammar practice. Sumdog is particularly helpful for parents facing multiple challenges.
  • The Kids Should See This – Wide range of cool educational videos
  • The parents guide to google class room
  • Toy Theater – Educational Games for Kids, Making learning a blast.


Radio Garden – Super cool site where you rotate the globe, click on your green dot and listen to the local radio stations 

Fitness for the home

 – This short home workout is designed for seniors or for anyone looking for something a bit lighter. Take care when exercises and if you don’t already exercise regularly take it slowly at first.


  • Glasgow Science Centre – bringing a bit of science into your home every day at 10am to help keep everyone inspired in these challenging times.
    Join us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at 10am each day.
    Ask us questions and let us know what you’d like to see! #GSCAtHome
  • Project Noah – A global citizen science platform to discover, share and identify wildlife
  • Mystery Science – Free science lessons


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