May virtual half term fun and family activities

With libraries and museums closed due to the coronavirus crisis, Isle of Wight Council staff have put together an exciting programme of online activities to bring some ‘virtual’ fun to the school holidays.

From Monday to Friday, families can enjoy a different activity from Dinosaur Isle and Isle Be Active, as well as the authority’s museum, heritage and library services.

The council’s online ‘Lockdown Kitchen’ will also be rustling up some recipe ideas, using everyday ingredients and leftovers, to help Islanders hone their culinary skills.

The activities will be posted on the council’s Facebook page at 9am each day.

Council leader, Dave Stewart, said: “There’s a diverse range of activities with a mixture of indoor and outdoor things to do.

“There’s something to suit all ages and abilities — head over and enjoy some of the brilliant services that the council provides to residents.”

From exploring two very different Island shipwrecks, each with their own fascinating tale to tell, to creating your own dinosaur artwork and getting baking in the kitchen, there’s something for everybody.

It’s important that we keep active during lockdown so look out for a rainbow challenge and photography competition with prizes for the winners.

Helen Wheller, the council’s principal communications and engagement manager, said: “We have used social media to highlight essential information and public health messages since lockdown began.

“These activities are a great way for our services to engage with the community in a fun way and we really hope residents will get involved, including sharing their photos with us on Facebook!”

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