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Access a range of free online activities to keep your children engaged at home. Choose from online stories, read-alongs, craft activities and science experiments. Keep active with kid-friendly workouts and follow along with sporting drills. Find out what different animals get up to with live streams! All activities are free, some may require your library card and pin number.

If you require assistance please contact the library.


Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Peoples Resource

Freely available database of children's books by and about Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Peoples which includes over 300 Australian children's books suitable for young people from birth through 12 years of age. These books are annotated, with subjects, curriculum links and teaching resources along with database features that offer varied uses for different interests.

Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander resource website

Coronavirus A book for children

Free ebook for primary school age children explaining Coronavirus illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

Download the Coronavirus A book for children (pdf)

Penguin Books Activity Booklets

Ages 0 – 6:
Fun, book-related activities including colouring, mazes and dot-to-dots

Ages 6-12:
Book-themed activities including puzzles, quizzes, book excerpts and drawing activities.

Sally Rippin Holiday Program

Free school holiday activities highlighting one Billie B Brown title every week! There will be work sheets, behind-the-scenes articles, exciting activities and special events with author Sally Rippin. Recommended for 4+

The Little Big Book Club – Activity Time

Free downloadable activity sheets with crafts and activities inspired by children’s books.

Storybox Library

Enjoy storytime at any time.
Storybox Library contains a virtual reading room where Australian personalities including Missy Higgins, John Schumann, Cal Wilson, Kate Ritchie and Andy Griffiths read children's stories online.
The videos include accompanying home learning activities.

Choose Holdfast Bay Libraries from the drop down list of libraries (or type Holdfast to jump to Holdfast Bay Libraries) and then enter your Library card number and click Log In.

Access Story Box Library website

Library Programs Online

Enjoy our regular children’s programs at any time.Follow the slides and listen to the songs at home.
Click in the presentation window or use the left and right arrow keys to move through the slides.
You can make the presentation larger by clicking on the icon at the bottom right of the window.

Access Library Programs Online

Overdrive Read-Alongs

Overdrive Read-Alongs are narrated eBooks that are read aloud in your browser using Overdrive Read.
After borrowing, select Read (In your browser) from your Checkouts page (under your Account) to open the eBook in your browser. Then select Start narration on any page to begin the audio from the top-left.

Access Overdrive Read-Alongs

PK Mag

A magazine for creative kids.

Students can experience the thrill of being published with PK. Submissions accepted from all subject areas including short stories, poems, art, craft, reviews, musical performances, science projects and more. With interviews of popular children’s authors, sporting heroes, and of course plenty of competitions, it’s a fun and funky place for all primary school kids.

Access PK Mag website


A collection of picture books, Wings Readers, mathematics, science and languages from well-regarded SA publisher Era Publications. Children can read the story or listen while it is read to them. Fun activities are included with each story to reinforce literary skills.



Nature Play SA – Family, nature and COVID-19

Family, Nature and COVID-19 has a strong focus on nurturing the mental health and wellbeing of families, including providing accessible, nature-based methods that can be practiced at home, your neighbourhood and nearby nature.

Star Portal

STARportal is Australia’s first centralised national portal for exciting and engaging STEM activities from around the country. This searchable database connects parents, students and teachers with their local and online STEM activities in real time.

STARportal has been a collaboration between the Office of the Chief Scientist, Engineers Australia, Telstra, AMSI, BHP Billiton and the Commonwealth Bank, in consultation with the Department of Education to ensure all Australian families have access to any and all STEM outreach activities in their area and online.

Fizzics Education

150 Science Experiments that you can do at home with supplies and materials you may already have

Sydney Aquarium

Live streams of animals at the Sydney Aquarium including penguins, seahorses and dugongs.

Melbourne Zoo

Live streams of animals at the Melbourne Zoo including zebras, giraffes, leopards and more.

Digital Commissioner’s Challenge

Free digital challenges for children in South Australia

This is a digital thinking challenge. It teaches computational thinking and practical coding using a range of carefully curated activities from reputable providers including the Digital Technologies Hub, CS Unplugged,’s Hour of Code, Grok Learning’s Hour of Code, Microsoft’s MakeCode and projects from Code Club Australia.


Learning 4 Kids

Free fun and simple ideas to do with your children at home that promote creative play and learning.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

New videos posted dailies by author of the pigeon series - Mo Willems. Grab some paper, pencils, pens or crayons and be guided through different drawings and illustrations.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Matt Cosgrove – Activity Pages

Free colouring in pages to download and craft templates by Matt Cosgrove – author of ‘Macca the alpaca’ series.

Playgroup – 20 days of play at home

20 days of shared activities for everyday play that can be done at home or in the back garden. Find games, sensory ideas and craft.