There are lots of ways to have fun if you’re online. Here are some things you might enjoy.
Compass venues are reopening. Quite a lot of Compass Card places are open or partially open. We’ve updated our free app and our website offer listings, so you can see what’s available. Let us know if there’s anything we’ve missed by filling in our feedback form or direct messaging us on Facebook.
Activities for children and young people with SEND in Brighton. There’s a programme of summer holiday activities in Brighton & Hove, including multi-activity sessions with Brighton Table Tennis Club at Moulsecoomb. Find out more here.
Online summer events for wheelchair users
. Whizz-Kidz is running a series of online events over the summer holidays for wheelchair users under the age of 25. You can expect an illustration workshop, Harry Potter Trail Tour, remote work placements and more. If you’d like to get involved or find out more, email Miriam at email@example.com
Fun online classes for adults with learning disabilities.
Adult education provider WEA is offering a fun programme of online courses for adults with learning disabilities, including drama, singing and street dance. The courses run for 10 weeks over Zoom and are free if you are in receipt of benefits (otherwise the cost is £48). To find out full information, visit the WEA
website and search ‘Chichester reaching out’ or send an email to courseenquiries@WEA.org.uk
Buzz Buddies for 18 to 25s. 18 to 25s with learning disabilities in West Sussex can have some online fun with Buzz Buddies, a collaboration between @ExtratimeBrighton and Gig Buddies. The fun fortnightly online meet-ups include quizzes and games.
See Earth from space. You can get a view of the Earth via the NASA International Space Station livestream. The space station passes into darkness for roughly half of its 90 minute orbits, so there’s no video available during these times.
Travel the world with Google Maps. You can climb El Capitan in Yosemete National Park, trek to Everest Base Camp, explore Brazil’s Amazon Basin and more using Google Maps.
Live music online. Local charity Stay Up Late usually provides Gig Buddies for people with learning disabilities or Autism so they can go out to events. Public events are cancelled for the moment, but the Stay Up Late team has come up with a great way of keeping in touch online with the Gig Buddies Coronavirus Fest Facebook page. They’re taking a break over the summer, but you can still see previous shows.
All the fun of the circus. If you love the circus, we’ve got some good news for you! World famous circus company, Cirque du Soleil is sharing a 60 minute video with the best moments from their popular live shows. You can also paint your face like a Cirque du Soleil artist with make-up tutorials and there’s a weekly work-out programme too.
Go to Disney! Disneyland parks may be closed, but you can try lots of the best rides online at the ‘Virtual Disney World’ YouTube channel. You can watch them online or using a VR headset.
Check out Georgia Aquarium. Want to see what the penguins are up to in Georgia Aquarium in the US? Hint – they’re completely oblivious to Coronavirus! You can see them via the aquarium’s webcam here. And if penguin’s aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other webcams including jellyfish, beluga whales and more.
Something for puzzle geeks. The Enigma Emporium is an American company that sells puzzles and games, but you can now download its entire first game, ‘Wish You Were Here’, in pdf format for free. You’ll need a PC or laptop computer to do this, not a mobile phone. We were completely baffled by it, but serious puzzlers or people who love escape rooms will love it. If you get stuck, there are hints on the Enigma website.
Libraries are full of surprises. Libraries in Brighton & Hove and West Sussex have started to reopen and you can find out more about that here for Brighton & Hove and here for West Sussex. You can also get free e-books, e-comics and audiobooks if you’re a library member. If you’re not already a member, it’s easy to join online.
- Brighton & Hove: Jubilee and Hove libraries are now open and some services will open in some community libraries from 24 August, but lots of things have changed – see here for more info. For online library services, click here. To join the library service as a new member, click here. Follow the library service on Facebook here.
- East Sussex: five libraries have reopened and there’s a ‘Select and Collect’ service in place. Find out more here. Find out what’s available online here. To join as a new member, click here. You can follow the library service on Facebook here.
- West Sussex: there’s a ‘Select & Collect’ service where you can pick up books from local libraries. See everything that’s available online here. Or you can visit your local library to browse, although they are opening on limited hours at the moment. To join up as a new member, click here. Keep in touch with West Sussex libraries via their Facebook page.
Amazine – it’s amazing! If you’re a part of Amazing Futures in Brighton & Hove or East Sussex, you can keep up to date with Amazine, an online zine. There’s a new Amazine every few weeks and you can contribute by emailing Amazemagazine1@gmail.com.