Stay at home: Things to do

What's on

Once upon a time, the thought of a couple of days on the couch would have been dreamy, but now that we’re all finding ourselves self-isolating for a prolonged and undetermined period, boredom may be setting in pretty quick. We reveal a world to explore all from the comfort of your armchair. Whether you've got young kids, teenagers or isolating solo, there's something for everyone.

Adventure begins at home

Entertaining kids can be tough, let alone coming up with daily activities to keep them amused - but, that’s where Ji comes in. Ji is the Kids Club Activities Coordinator at NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Resort on the Gold Coast and he’s doing free online videos on the NRMA Parks and Resorts Facebook and Instagram page. From crafts, competitions, games, to fun tutorials and exciting challenges – the little ones will be entertaining for hours on end.

Discover who's who in the zoo

For the first time in Taronga’s 102-year-history, Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo are joining forces and going virtual with the launch of a little something called Taronga TV. You’ll get to tune in daily for a packed schedule of keeper talks and shows, 24/7 live animal streams and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at what the animals actually get up to when the zoo is closed. Taronga TV will be releasing new video on the daily on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and online via Taronga TV. Alongside this streaming content, there will also be an archive of online resources for teachers and parents who may be home-schooling their kids at the moment, featuring fun yet educational materials about exotic wildlife, local fauna and the natural world.


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Roam from Home: An in-home scavenger hunt

Whether you’re trying to cure cabin fever or reignite a spark, Roam From Home Scavenger Hunts have brought the adventure indoors, with two available categories to choose from: In-Home Family Scavenger Hunts and In-Home Date Night Scavenger Hunts. Every hunt includes a variety of interactive photo, video and trivia challenges. You can even compete against your friends and family in other households. In-Home Family Scavenger hunts have a variety of tailored adventures that will fit your educational and playtime needs. These hunts can be done with children 3 and up, and promises fun for the whole family. Whether you are using these hunts to supplement your e-learning curriculum or seeking a new interactive adventure for your kids, there is a scavenger hunt for you. In-Home Date Night Scavenger hunts are the perfect combination of romance and thrill to reignite that spark, while stuck at home. Choose to walk down memory lane or create brand new memories with one-of-a-kind themes like: Roam-antic Adventures, Rom-Com or Party Games.

Sea more sea life

Their doors may be closed, but that won’t stop Sydney’s Sea Life Aquarium from brightening up your newsfeed a little by live streaming playtime and feeding time with some of their cutest and scariest animals. Ever wanted to know what dugongs eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Or why the ominous looking Grey Nurse Shark is often referred to as the Labrador of the sea? You can even dive back in time with their all new Jurassic Seas zone, where you can learn more about the ocean’s living fossils and what you can do to help protect them from disappearing. But these aren’t the only live-streams and digital content the aquarium is planning, so make sure you can keep eye on future events.

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Shop for showbags

After the Sydney show's scrapping for 2020, showbag company Chicane Showbags is moving most of its range into a web store that's fittingly called Showbag Shop. Whether you can't get enough Bertie Beetles, have a hankering for a bag filled with KitKats, or would prefer pop culture-themed merchandise you'll find bags filled with your favourite items online. These self-isolating, stay-at-home, generally restricted times might go smoother with a big stash of Smarties or Snakes Alive – not to mention, keep the kids entertained with their very own bag of goodies. Bags ship Australia-wide, arriving in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane within one to three business days ,and in Perth in around five to seven. There is a weight limit on each purchase, though, if you're currently thinking of filling your cupboards with showbags, with only 40kg available per order.

Learn your favourite dance moves

Privacy is gold for those of us suffering dance dyslexia, so now is the perfect time to shake your booty and learn those steps that have been eluding you. Try learning 12 basic moves of Bollywood dance, channel your John Travolta circa 1977 with a few fundamental disco moves or, if Strictly Ballroom is more your speed, what better time to master the foxtrot, waltz, rumba or cha-cha? If you’re looking to be taught by world-class teachers and company dancers, the Sydney Dance Company has virtual studio classes that are available to everybody. Grab a dining room chair or the edge of a table, clear some space and you’re ready to dance. You can dance like no one is watching – because no one is.

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Create a masterpiece with the help of liquid courage

The ultimate way to unwind while bunkered down at home is to create a masterpiece right from your couch with Cork and Canvas’ brand new online workshops. Science says that painting and creating art helps significantly reduce stress, even if you’re no Van Gogh. For $25, art lovers can gain access to a step-by-step video tutorial run by Cork and Canvas’ senior lead artists and allows participants to stop and start the tutorial, meaning you can take the class at your own pace. This should come in handy particularly over the Easter long weekend, where families can get creative with the special Easter Bunny painting class. So, what if you don’t have your own supplies? The company is also offering the purchase of Creative Kits filled with art materials ($65 - $230) which can be picked up from Darlinghurst, until 17 April 2020. Deliveries directly to your door have commenced to all States. But we know what you’re thinking: “What about the wine?" Well, Cork and Canvas has teamed up with Different Drop to also offer $20 vouchers wine orders over $100. Whip up a gorgeous midnight scene, capture your houseplants on canvas, busy your brush painting Joshua trees or go manic for mandalas.

See the world of art

Our much-loved museums and art galleries may be closing their doors due to the current outbreak, but don’t despair. Tech-savvy curators are getting creative with how the public can access their collections, and many are catering to an online audience with insanely good virtual tours. Top-tier institutions around the world have vast online archives, meaning you can take a digital stroll through art history wearing just your pants (or even less if you really want). From ogling Parisian Impressionist works in the Musée d’Orsay to a lesson in ancient Greece from Athens’ Benaki Museum to a voyeuristic archive of ex-lovers’ relics at the Museum of Broken Relationships, there are some fascinating exhibitions at your fingertips – all of which are free. So pop the kettle on, settle into the couch and gear up for some seriously enlightening self-isolation with these museums you can explore from home.

Explore the Sydney Opera House digitally

Keeping Sydney’s cultural thirst sated, the Sydney Opera House has announced its Digital Season, with a new weekly schedule announced every Tuesday (it’ll run from Wednesday to Sunday each week). Additionally, there will be podcasts, long-form articles, videos and behind-the-scenes content available on demand. Digital visitors can also take a virtual 360-degree tour of the Opera House and watch more than 300 episodes of the institution’s Ideas at the House series.

Screen-less activities

If your kids have had their eyes glued to the screens of the family TV or iPad and now have ‘square eyes’, check out these screen-less boredom busters and break out the creativity. 

Have a crafternoon

A pack of art supplies delivers hours of fun. Order watercolours, papier mâché and modelling clay from Deans Art, while Stranger Than Paradise has great kits for smaller people. Paper planes are an easy win too. Others can learn to knit or embroider with colourful beginners kits from Morris and Sons.

Camp in your backyard or loungeroom

Easter is a popular time for a camping trip. If you were planning on pitching a tent these holidays, keep the dream alive by having a night camping in your backyard - if you don’t have a backyard to pitch a tent it, you can still “camp” indoors by grabbing a table and laying a long cloth over it. Roll out the sleeping bags, gets your best ghost stories sorted, rustle up a cheese jaffle and be sure to do a little night-time star gazing.

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