A recent survey conducted by Dr Gummer’s Good Play Guide found that 80% of parents are struggling to find new ways to keep their children entertained during lockdown, prompting the launch of the Play at Home Fest from child psychologist Dr. Gummer and her team. The virtual festival will offer a weekend of fun for families, packed full of games, show-stopping performances and activities to keep kids happy and active.

Taking place on 23rd -24th May, Play at Home Fest features a stunning lineup across three virtual ‘stages’ with family favourite names covering TV, toys, music and more taking part in a bid to keep children playful, as they thrive, not just survive, during lockdown.

The event headliners include famous names and family favourites including social media star Sergei Urban aka TheDadLab, early years specialist and founder of playHOORAY! Claire Russell, The Giggle Doctors from Theodora Children’s Charity, Merlin Crossingham from Aardman and Miffy.

Fostering creativity and imagination, Sisi from Sisi’s World and her dad TV presenter Nigel Clarke (CBeebies) will be hosting an exclusive dance tutorial that is guaranteed to get children moving and grooving! The performance celebrates a special DesignaFriend

announcement happening just days before the festival.

Scooby-Doo fans are in for a treat as the jam-packed festival schedule now features a ‘Scooby-Doo Mystery Theatre Craft-Along!’ Festival goers will learn how to build their very own ‘Mystery Theatre’ at home.

Closing the festival will be popular kids’ live band, Andy and The Odd Socks, who will be hosting a very special VIP Album Launch party. Their hotly anticipated new album “Who’s in the Odd Socks?” is set for release on the 22nd May and will be performed along with their greatest hits, putting a cap on a weekend that promises to delight all attendees.

Carefully cultivated to inspire children’s imagination and creativity, the weekend promises to be filled with adventure and joy as families from around the world come together in a bid to raise funds for the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus appeal.

Dr. Amanda Gummer, founder of Dr. Gummer’s Good Play Guide, the team behind the Play at Home Fest, comments “We are excited to be able to reveal such a renowned lineup across some of the UK’s leading entertainers and family brands, for what promises to be an upbeat celebration during a time of uncertainty for all.  Fun most certainly isn’t cancelled this Bank Holiday weekend, so we encourage families to dust off their camping chairs, pitch their tents in the garden and enjoy two action-packed days to nurture kids’ imaginations, creativity and connectivity, during these times.”

The festival is free to attend and will be broadcast via www.PlayAtHomeFest.com and across the Good Play Guide’s social media channels. Festival goers are invited to sign up for their free virtual tickets, digital goody bags and wristbands at www.PlayAtHomeFest.com.

Contributions to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal and Theodora Children’s Charity are welcome on the ticket page, to support the festival’s fundraising efforts.