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!
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.
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!
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!