Struggling for ideas of things to do at home when you’re not at work? There’s no doubt that technology has transformed our lives. Here’s a whole list of things that you could try. You probably won’t have the time to do them all!
Animals, zoos and farms
A chance to get a sneaky peak at the animals from a social distance.
- Folly Farm barn webcam
- Edinburgh Zoo’s panda cam, penguin cam, tiger cam, koala cam and rockhopper penguin cam
- Dublin Zoo’s elephant webcam
- Wildlife Trust Cumbria has a badger cam
- Farm Food 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of Canadian farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs
- San Diego Zoo has live animal cams, activities, and games
- London Zoo take a look behind the scenes at the zoo and see the amazing work that goes into looking after some of the most fascinating and endangered animals in the world.
Attend an online event or festival
Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, many music events and cultural festivals have had to be cancelled. Yet thanks to the internet and social media, many events are now set to take place online, meaning everyone can join in with the fun. Here’s just a short selection. You can find loads more at eventbrite.co.uk.
- Free Virtual Dog Festival: 18-24 Jan 2021 ( Workshops & expert sessions include – separation anxiety, canine body language, life stages nutrition, holistic grooming & our mindset )
- A Free Intro to The Art of Mindful Singing: 21 Jan 2021 9-10.15pm
- A Free Risotto Cook Along with Smeg: 25 Jan 2021 5.30-6.30pm
- Get Drawing Sea Shells: Art for Wellbeing Workshop: 27 Jan 3-4pm
- HOW TO ORGANISE YOUR WARDROBE IN 5 EASY STEPS: TIPS, TRICKS & GADGETS: 28 January 6-6.30pm
- Seed Starting for Beginners: 28 January 6pm
- An introduction to essential Tai Chi skills : Multiple Dates
- Harry Potter Book Night Family Quiz: 4 Feb 6-7pm
Being creative has many rewards and can have particular benefits during stressful and challenging times. Because of this, Rachael Dutton has set up a ‘Creative Club’ for everyone at the Trust – to inspire us all to get creative. Send your creative work, which could be a painting, photograph, poem, piece of prose, knitting, sculpture, colouring in – anything, to: firstname.lastname@example.org . There is also now a dedicated Facebook page for the St Monica Trust Staff Creative Group. Please visit the site to request to join.
Alternatively you could try:
- Creative fun for all the family
- Relaxation art with Brenda Coyle
- Stitches In Time Project – make a tapestry of your time in isolation
Learn a new skill
There are many tutorials on Youtube where you can learn:
- a new language
- how to cook
- how to take better selfies
- how to speed read
- how to juggle
- how to do CPR
- how to make a paper airplane (that actually flies)
- how to survive a shark attack
- the list goes on….
- Learn to code (HTML, CSS, PYTHON and more)
- Vamos theatre the UK’s leading full mask theatre company has a series of videos where you can learn about different mask techniques
- Nikon School Free online courses on a range photography styles
Museum tours galleries and activities
- The Royal Academy has activities and virtual walkthroughs of the gallery’s current exhibitions.
- British Museum virtual tour
- National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C has online tours
- Musée d’Orsay virtual tour
- National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul virtual tour
- Guggenheim Museum, New York has a range of online resources
- Digital Design Museum is a a new series of online content bringing the world of design into your home.
- V&A are displaying a range of collections online
- Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover
- Museum of London has lots of fun home-learning ideas
- NASA image gallery is perfect for budding astronauts and astronomers
- Florence Nightingale Museum Nightingale in 200 Objects, People & Places exhibition
- Royal Museums Greenwich offers a desert island guide to self isolation and you can build your own solar system in a box
- Natural history museum has a range of online exhibits
- Hauser & Wirth’s gallery has a range of online exhibitions and is also launching Dispatches, a new series of videos, events and features to keep connected with artists in isolation.
- British Library has a large collection of interesting items
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York online exhibit highlights are spotlights on Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, the art of music through time and a new look at Vermeer.
- The Courtauld Gallery has already been closed since 2018 for a major redevelopment, and created a virtual tour of the venue as it was before the doors shut.
- V&A virtual Gallery of Fashion takes viewers through the history of clothing design around the world. Further exhibits include spotlights on Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Indian textiles and the politics of fashion.
- The Science Museum has lots of interseting learning resources
Play and Quiz
Use Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Facetime, Whats App, HouseParty or Google Hangouts to connect with friends and family and get playing:
Quizzes. There’s a whole host online. If you want to support a charity at the same time, here are some packs for fundraising:
Musical Bingo: rockandrollbingo.co.uk
Games Night: gamesnightmacmillan.org.uk
Theatre and performance
- Bristol Arts Channel – unveiled its pilot programme in May 2020, bringing together venues and artists from across the city to create moments of online togetherness . Founding partners includedWatershed, Bristol Old Vic, Colston Hall, St Pauls Carnival, Trinity, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol, MAYK, Arnolfini, Paraorchestra & Friends and Bristol Museums with support from Bristol & Bath Creative R&D and The Space.
- Half Moon Theatre is showing free full length family friendly shows every Wednesday
- The National Theatre is streaming a performance live every Thursday, for free
- Sadler’s Wells is streaming performances and workshops for free
- Gecko theatre has a range of plays on their YouTube channel
- Cheek by Jowl has brought back the archive recording of its hit version of Shakespeare’s problem play ‘The Winter’s Tale’
- Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus a modern retelling of the ancient Greek story of Orpheus and the underworld
- Only the Brave, the hit musical tells the story of a group of soldiers in the run-up to the D-Day landings
- Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Show Must Go On. He’ll be releasing a full-length, smash-hit musical once a week for you to watch for free. It will be available for 48 hours, so you can tune in whenever you like over the weekend.
- The Space have fused the 125-year-old opera, Tosca, with virtual reality to put you in the centre of Puccini’s greatest love story.
- The Metropolitan Opera are providing dynamic, fresh content every night at the moment, diving into their back-catalogue of incredible productions to provide a new show on their website every day.
- Opera Vision will release new shows weekly
TV, film and cinema
YouTube Spotlight has an array of world-renowned plays, famous sporting events and amazing concerts available.