With the current COVID-19 pandemic, schools are closed until September and mums around the UAE are doing the ultimate juggle: work, home-school and housework (and group cry for help). Many mums are on the lookout for e-learning support and learning resources to educate and entertain their children. We’ve rounded up some of the best online celebrity classes available now, plus other fabulous options to keep the kids busy!

The Body Coach

Joe Wicks offers a free, daily exercise class to get the kids moving. It’s a workout specially designed for kids, live Mondays – Fridays at noon. Joe has also revealed that he’s donating ‘every single penny’ generated on his P.E videos to the NHS.

You can access Joe Wicks PE Classes on YouTube channel The Body Coach TV

Music lessons with Myleene Klass

The Gorleston-born classical pianist, model and pop star will be providing both music lessons and lullabies for babies and children during the lockdown period. On Monday afternoons at 1pm she will be hosting an interactive class where kids can play along with a pan and wooden spoon, while on Wednesdays at 9.30pm she will play a Disney-themed lullaby for babies (hopefully all babies are in bed by then, but just in case!) and on Friday at 1pm she will be presenting Music Klass.

Music Klass will be an introduction to reading music, learning about keys, the difference between major and minor in a simple, entertaining way. Children don’t need to have their own instrument to be able to participate, though there are interactive elements with items from around the house.

Join Myleene’s Music Klass on YouTube every day.

Story time with David Walliams

The Little Britain star and author will be providing a daily story for the next 30 days which will keep kids entertained while parents can grab a quick cup of coffee and have a sit-down.

David Walliams’s audio stories will be released daily at 2pm.

Great Indoor Adventure with Bear Grylls

As we all know Bear Grylls loves the outdoors, but, now that’s the one place we can’t go. So, the mighty Bear Grylls has teamed up with the Scouts to produce a Great Indoor Adventure. Together they have dreamed up 100 indoor activities to ward off boredom while kids are stuck in lockdown.

Bear has created a weekly live video feed called The Great Indoors which will include making lolly-stick catapults, origami and designing and making hot-air balloons and all activities can be done in the house or garden.

The Great Indoors activities can be accessed on the Scouts web page

Dance classes with Oti Mabuse

Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse will be hosting free online dance classes for children and adults alike. The kids’ classes airs at 14.30am while the adult version is at 10.30pm, so parents and their children can both enjoy learning to dance while staying safe indoors.

You access the lessons on Oti Mabuse Official on YouTube.

The Maths Factor with Carol Vorderman

For those wanting to bring their maths up to speed in a fun and enjoyable way then original Countdown star Carol Vorderman is putting her mathematical skills at the nation’s disposal. Her online maths programme, The Maths Factor, has waived its usual £2 a week fees to provide free tuition to children of school age while the schools are closed.

You can access The Maths Factor here.

Online Cooking Classes with Wagamama

For those interested in some fun and exciting cooking classes, wagamama UAE’s Executive Chef, Shiyas Kareem is first inviting kids to join him in the wagamama online kitchen. Classes start on Wednesday 1st April from 6pm – 7pm,  and will take place every Wednesday. The first class of the month is for kids and the following class is for adults and will continue to alternate like this for the month.

To join the live stream cooking classes, please follow wagamama on Instagram and visit @wagamamauae at the designated times and dates.

Audible

Audible is making hundreds of titles available for free during the coronavirus pandemic.

The audiobook platform has said that, for as long as schools are closed, anyone can listen to a vast selection of its titles. This means books read by Westworld’s Thandie Newton and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens are available to stream at no cost at all.

Simply visit stories.audible.com from any web browser to get started. No log-ins, credit card or passwords needed.

Amazing Athletes Dubai

Amazing Athletes Dubai are broadcasting two live classes FREE every Monday and Thursday at 4pm.

Keep the kids active and healthy with these energetic, fun and educational classes aimed at 2.5 – 6 years. Don’t worry if you miss a class, as a replay of the video will be available too.

Amazing Athletes are also offering the chance to organise your own private virtual classes with friends and classmates at a time to suit you. Register your place now! Follow the link to sign up to the Amazing Athletes Dubai Live Stream Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/amazingathletesdubailivestream

Learn to draw with Graham Kearney

Well known equestrian and wildlife artist, Graham Kearney is running free online classes. Visit his Facebook page for timings.

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo has live video feeds on a number of its enclosures, including the pandas, penguins, rockhopper penguin, tigers and koalas.

The live webcams are available to watch via the Edinburgh Zoo website, although the zoo has warned that there may be some technical difficulties at the moment due to extra traffic on its site.

Helen Farmer, The Mothership DXB

Helen Farmer is a mum of 2 gorgeous girls and an uber successful blogger (check out themothershipdxb.com for a very honest and fun take on parenting and living in the UAE). Helen will be doing live storytelling for kids on IGTV every morning 9am.

Visit her Instagram.