Not just for kids: online games to enjoy during the Christmas holidays

By Rachel Hayward | 08 December 2009
Showing screenshot from Parliament's Race Against Chime game with a cropped cartoon image of the Big Ben Clock Tower clock

Soapy fun with Parliament's Race Against Chime game. Courtesy Parliament

Here in the Culture24 office, we love playing the museum games that we feature on our kids' site, Show Me, so we thought you might want to try them out too. They're great for solo play or for fun game suggestions for when the family's staying over…

Showing a screenshot of the Launchball game from the Science Museum with colourful grid pattern

The ever-popular Launchball game from the Science Museum. Courtesy Science Museum

Most popular
If you don't already know about Launchball, the Science Museum's extremely popular online game, be warned: it's seriously addictive (and that's on reliable anecdotal evidence from a 13 year old boy and 30-something writer who shall remain nameless).

Showing a screenshot from the HMS Belfast Flagpole Flip game showing a cartoon image of a boy in a hooded coat and trousers, gloves and boots and leaping over a battleship

Flagpole Flip from HMS Belfast. Courtesy HMS Belfast

Flipping ace!
Flagpole Flip is from HMS Belfast. How far can you hurl yourself over HMS Belfast by springing on the flagpole? Easy to play but what a challenge!

Showing a screenshot of the hangman style game from Ordnance Survey called The Squirrel's Nuts where you lose the acorn nuts belonging to the squirrel if you choose the incorrect letter

The Squirrel's Nuts from Ordnance Survey. Courtesy Ordnance Survey

The Squirrel's Nuts
No, it's not just that we love the title - The Squirrel's Nuts is basically a nutty version of hangman from Ordnance Survey and will provide lots of fun and tittles over a family Christmas party.

Showing a screenshot from the Airship game from National Museums Scotland showing a cartoon version of R34 airship flying against a cloudy sky

The Airship game from National Museums Scotland showing the R34 airship. Courtesy National Museums Scotland

Up!
The Airship game from National Museums Scotlands' Museum of Flight is a real challenge. Can you survive those pesky storms?

Showing a screenshot from the To the rescue game from WWF with an african savannah background and a tree in the foreground that the Ranger has to jump up to to get the keys to free the animal from the cage

To the Rescue from WWF. Courtesy WWF

Grrr…
Your mission in To the Rescue is to help the WWF Ranger to save some of the world's endangered species. Collect all the keys around the levels to unlock the cages and free the animals. We enjoyed jumping on the baddies to get rid of them.

Showing screenshot of the Escape From The Mummy's Tomb game from National Museums Liverpool with an old map background and a cartoon archaeologist and mummy with googly eyes

National Museums Liverpool have Escape From The Mummy's Tomb! Courtesy National Museums Liverpool

I want my mummy!
Escape From The Mummy's Tomb! from National Museums Liverpool will bring out the Indiana Jones in you…

Showing two knights swordfighting in front of the Tower of London in the Henry VIII Dressed to Kill game from Historic Royal Palaces

Battle it out with Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill and Henry VIII: heads and hearts from Historic Royal Palaces. Courtesy Historic Royal Palaces

Off with their heads!
To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne, Historic Royal Palaces have not one but two Henry games on their website: Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill and Henry VIII: heads and hearts.

Showing a screenshot from the Parliament website game Race Against Chime with a cropped image of the Big Ben clock face

Parliament's Race Against Chime game. Courtesy Parliament

Clean up
And finally... Big Ben, Parliament's famous Clock Tower, has been celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009. Can you swing on the rope and use your soap to clean Big Ben in Race Against Chime?

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