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It can sometimes be difficult to keep children and young people occupied, so if you are responsible for entertaining your children or grandchildren you may find some of these suggestions useful!

Museums & Heritage Organisations

Museums and heritage organisations offer fun and educational activities for young people all year round. They can be great places to visit, particularly on a wet day!

Youth Organisations

The Community Youth Offer Providers deliver a range of services to children and young people that are fun, exciting and engaging, but also confidence building, promote self-awareness and contribute to their health, wellbeing and social development.

Outdoor Activities

The IOW has a number of centres offering outdoor activities ranging from sailing and kayaking to skateboarding and climbing. Many of these can be found through the Visit IOW website.

Scouting & Guides

Scouting and girlguiding provides opportunities for children and young people to meet up regularly and take part in a number of activities and opportunities.


Army, Air Force & Navy all offer opportunities for young people to engage in regular activities through their cadet programmes.

Toddler Groups

Parent and Toddler groups are informal sessions run by voluntary members of the community. Find out about these by looking at notice boards in your local community centre or consulting the WightCHYPS or Family Directory.

Groups for Children with SEND

Short Breaks offers a range of after-school clubs, evening and weekend activities and overnight stays for children and young people with SEND (up to their 19th birthday). Contact WightCHYPS or Parents Voice IW for further ideas.


Most libraries hold special events for children and young people, ranging from storytimes for under fives, to a manga group for older children and teenagers.

Theme Parks & Amusements

Visit IOW offer information on days out and events on the IOW.

Sports Clubs

IW Council has a sports directory that lists clubs according to sport type. Try contacting your local leisure centre too.

Drama, Dance  & Theatre 

Theatre, dance and drama groups can be a good way to keep children active. Most expect quite high levels of commitment.