Activities To Keep The Family Entertained At Home

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

— Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, JK Rowling

We have plenty of things to keep us entertained – there are streaming services like Netflix, video calling options such as Apple’s FaceTime, Zoom or Messenger to stay connected with loved ones, but if you are looking for other ways to have fun here are some online activities that will keep you and your family educated and entertained during your time at home.

Play your favourite music

Here is a public playlist I put together on Spotify (get a free account here) or a paid subscription through Apple Music (a free trial is available).

A playlist: Positive tunes for Self Isolation – Spotify or Apple Music 

Music can be a great equaliser. It can lift you up when you are feeling down, or in need of an energy boost. There are many streaming services available with curated playlists or you can pull out your favourite vinyl or CD.

Keeping the family entertained

Taronga Zoo has its own zoo channel with live feeds of its Seals and Tigers and other animals. Watch feeding times with the Zoo keepers – both educational and entertaining, like Big Brother for animals!

https://taronga.org.au/taronga-tv

NASA has a range of free online activities including Making your own cloud in a bottle, building a model paper rocket, or online images from space.

https://science.nasa.gov/get-involved/nasaathome

Author of Harry Potter, JK Rowling, has launched ‘Harry Potter At Home‘, here you’ll find all the latest magical spells to keep you entertained – including magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, puzzles and plenty more for new readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.

Cast a summoning charm on fun!

https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home

Australian National Theatre Live has a range of recorded performances that you can watch online – keep your cultural muscled flexed at http://www.antlive.com.au/

Sydney Olympic Park virtual tour of ARTEXPRESS https://www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/Education/ARTEXPRESS

Start a Garden

Whether you have a balcony or backyard, you can buy some plants or seeds at your local Bunnings or hardware store and grow some herbs or vegetables. And won’t you feel good about yourself knowing that you are growing vegetables to stay healthy?

Keep moving and exercise

There are many online fitness classes you can use or you can simply grab some of the canned goods from the pantry, and use them to do some arm curls, use the lounge to do dips or do some squats.

If you are working from home, replace your travel with a walk or a run. You have more time up your sleeve so you can finally get started on that fitness regime!

Support local businesses

See if your local cafe does takeaway, or buy a voucher that you can use when things finally get back to normal.

Apple Education Activities

Apple has created a handy activity sheet for kids, got to love that!

Now get out there and get creating, learn something new or simply chill out on the lounge and be entertained!

Events in Wizards Unite – a first look

A first look at the event screens in Wizards Unite and my first Confoundable. More details posted here once we learn more.

The event is on for 5 days and gives you details on what you are catching.

This one has a Forbidden Forest theme and Hagrid is on hand to walk you through it.

These Confoundables earn you greater XP, have a potion ready to make sure you don’t lose them.

They appear as purple beams of light on the AR map.

Stay tuned as we learn more about these events.

In the meantime check out my Wizards Unite review – Two weeks in. Or get tips to level up.

Wizards Unite: top 5 tips

Following on from my initial review two weeks in, here are some further tips for the latest Harry Potter mobile AR game, Wizards Unite. Currently available in Australia and New Zealand.

  1. Maximize your gold coins

This is the currency of the game. You need it to expand inventory or buy supplies. There are some ways however to get gold coins without in-app purchases.

  • Complete your daily tasks. You can easily earn five gold coins a day by meeting these tasks.
  • Opening the app and playing each day. Daily treasures are surprise gifts you receive simply by opening the app each day. Some days these are gold coins. Simply for doing nothing.
  • Level up – each time you level up you receive a bunch of scrolls and gold coins.
  • 2. Keep brewing potions

Keep a potion on the boil whenever you can. You will need to stock up on healing potions and invigoration draughts before entering a fortress.

3. Maximize XP

Use a Brain elixir which will increase the XP you earn for 30min on all the Confoundables you catch. Combined with a casting potion will help ensure you earn maximum XP and level up faster.

4. Dark detectors

Similar to a lure in Pokémon Go, this is attached to an Inn rather than yourself, so you can use it when you are hanging out at an inn for 30min. It attracts Confoundables to you, and combined with step 3 can help you level up faster.

5. Battle as a group

Get your friends together and enter a fortress. You will have a greater chance at winning challengers. Especially if you all have different professions.

There you have it. Hopefully at least one of these will help you become an even better Wizards Unite player, and help solve the Calamity.